Judy is an Education Officer in the Student Wellbeing Unit of the Catholic Education Office Melbourne (CEOM). She coordinates the School Community team and is also developing and coordinating a Community Arts Portfolio that promotes links between student wellbeing, the arts and the school community.
Currently, Judy is coordinating Community Arts projects in 16 Catholic primary schools across the Archdiocese of Melbourne. Under her guidance these schools are creatively addressing a need or issue in their school related to wellbeing and using the arts as a vehicle to build links with the broader community.
Judy has a strong belief in the value of Arts education and its place within the school curriculum. She supports the view that the arts are one of the most powerful means for forging bonds between parents, schools and communities and within the classroom fostering student centred learning, collaborative and cooperative work processes, self -evaluation and critical thinking. All of which empower students to achieve their personal best and tap into their creative spirit.
Judy has taught Drama at all year levels in several Catholic Secondary schools across Melbourne over the past 25 years. She has directed and managed large scale school musical productions and has been a VCAA, VCE Drama Assessor for the last six years.