About Us

Lisa Burman

Director and Principal Consultant

Lisa is an experienced teacher and school leader.  She currently works as a Pedagogical Consultant in Australia, supporting educators and prior-to-school and primary school leaders to develop site wide plans for pedagogical change.  Lisa’s interests include early childhood education and care, imbedding and contextualizing the principles of the Reggio Emilia educational project within learning environments, play, literacy learning, inquiry learning and strengthening children’s connections to nature. She is passionate about pedagogies that see children as capable and competent learners who are skilled in researching life and making connections. Her favourite work is side-by-side with children and educators in their learning settings.

Lisa has presented at a number of national and international conferences, including International Reading Association Annual Convention (Chicago, 2006), Australian Literacy Educators Association Annual Conference (Darwin, 2006), National Staff Developers Association New York State Conference (Rochester, 2006) and National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Convention (Atlanta, 2006). Each year she is invited to present keynote addresses and facilitate workshops at regional and international conferences. Lisa writes a quarterly newsletter and is presently working on ideas for her second book.  Her first book was published by Redleaf Press and is titled “Are You Listening? Fostering Conversations that Help Young Children Learn”.

 

Amanda Bartram

Amanda is a passionate and innovative early years educator, who has been recognised by the Early Childhood Association of SA (EChO) at the World Teachers Day Awards in 2012.  Amanda passionately holds the view that children are competent and capable – a belief which is reflected in her daily work with children, and her work with other educators.  Just some of Amanda’s areas of interest include Writer’s Workshop, playful pedagogies, inquiry and creating engaging learning environments with children. She constantly stretches herself as a learner, last year challenging herself to learn Minecraft from her Year 2 children so she could better utilise it’s engaging potential in their learning.

Amanda facilitates professional learning in areas such as: Engaging Learning Environments, Bookmaking & Writer’s Notebooks, Nature Play, Loose Parts & Blocks; Making & Tinkering.

 

Penny Cook

Penny is an early childhood leader who advocates powerfully for the right of children to an authentic childhood and to learning environments that respect their intelligence and innate capacity for learning. She has led professional learning and early childhood teams in Australia and in New York City. Penny is skilled in facilitating professional dialogue and engaging educators in reflection and inquiry into their beliefs and personal theories. Her interests include the intellectual quality of play; wellbeing; involvement; and continuity of learning.

Penny facilitates professional learning through guided inquiry/pedagogical research and in areas such as using the RRR wellbeing and involvement scales; reflective practice; leading teams in professional dialogue; and intentional teaching.

 

Marilyn Hayward

Marilyn brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise and experience to Lisa Burman Consultants. She has led the learning of Early Childhood Educators in South Australia and in New York City and is currently Co-President of EChO (Early Childhood Organisation SA). Marilyn believes that every child is born a competent learner and is a powerful advocate for in depth project-based learning with young children, where they are supported to explore big ideas.

Marilyn facilitates workshops and Professional Learning Projects that focus on her interests of inquiry-based project work, playful pedagogies, nature-based learning and literacy. She is one of the lead consultants for the ‘Bookmaking Literacy Approach’ with children aged 3-8.

 

 

Dannielle Gibson

Dannielle leads an early childhood team in a stand-alone kindergarten (preschool) and is also Co-President of EChO. She was honoured to represent EChO at the Partners table of the recent Rinaldi Residency – Re-imagining Childhood in Adelaide, where she had the opportunity to work closely with Carla Rinaldi from Reggio Emilia. Dannielle is passionate about creating learning environments and experiences that offer all children the opportunity to shine. She believes that in working with the competent child, educators also work from a competent view of the parent in order to truly collaborate.

Dannielle facilitated professional learning in the areas of inquiry-based project work; engaging learning environments; using pedagogical documentation to guide learning that follows the child; and wellbeing.

 

 

Angela Kernahan

Angela brings a great knowledge and experience about the pedagogy of reading to the team at Lisa Burman Consultants. She is a Reading Recovery trained educator and leads the learning of teachers in the early years and primary years through her work as a Reading Coach and Key Literacy Teacher. She is an experienced early childhood educator, with an emphasis on the primary setting and joins the rest of the team in being passionate about creating continuity between prior-to-school and school learning experiences for children and families.

Angela is one of our lead consultants for reading and facilitates professional learning in areas such as Reading Comprehension Strategies; the role of fluency in reading; wellbeing; and playful learning.