Karl is dynamic, engaging and positive. He is passionate about making a difference in schools and improving educational outcomes for students.
M Ed (currently undertaking), B Ed.
Karl is an experienced and passionate educator and school administrator. He has provided consultancy support to teachers, teachers' aides, parents, publishers and community groups across New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.
Karl's breadth of experience includes a range of administrative positions, classroom teaching across Prep to Year 6, a strong and active interest in Reading Recovery and positions such as Head of Literacy. Karl also has extensive experience in planning and teaching diverse learners. He is well-skilled in extending students operating across the upper two bands, as well as supporting students with disabilities, English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D) and Indigenous students. Karl's unwavering commitment to supporting students to reach their full potential is noted as one of his strengths.
Karl's dedication to teaching students, coaching and mentoring teachers and working with leadership teams to improve literacy outcomes, continues to ignite his passion and has led Karl to opportunities to author for leading publishers. Karl is currently involved in two new projects. He is thrilled to have been selected to join an elite team to author teacher resources for international release by Ashton Scholastic. This extensive project enables Karl to apply highly developed skills in explicit teaching, curriculum, unit programming, lesson development, resource support and data-driven instruction. Karl has authored and reviewed a new range of resources for award-winning publisher, Macmillan. On this project Karl authored teacher support resources focussed on developing receptive and productive language and improving questioning techniques.
In addition to Karl's extensive knowledge and experience, he is well known for his optimism and solution-based approach to navigating a constantly evolving educational landscape. His warm, friendly and highly professional manner enables him to easily establish relationships and to adapt quickly to new environments.
Karl’s experience includes:
- Literacy consultancy to public and private sectors across Australia
- Head of Literacy
- Head of Curriculum
- Deputy Principal
- Assistant Principal
- Classroom Teacher P-6
Karl and his wife, Angela, relocated from Sydney to Brisbane in 2012. They are parents to two beautiful boys, Braxton and Ben, who fill their days with joy.
- Australian Literacy Educators’ Association
Testimonials and feedback
"Karl, words fail to adequately describe the depth of my gratitude for all that you have contributed to our community this year. I consider myself lucky to have had the benefit of your wisdom and expertise. Never was any request too difficult and every encounter was joyful."
Jenny Stower, St Mary's Primary School, Ipswich
"Karl, I just wanted to say a massive thank you for your PD with Bellbrae Primary School. Your enthusiasm and energy is second to none! It was so wonderful learning from you. Our Prep Team have already started to implement the transitions and stamina in Reading and Writing. We are so excited to work with you again and learn more."
Anna Nielsen, Bellbrae Primary School
"Karl was great in his approach and his knowledge was amazing. He really understood what the audience wanted to know and delivered it in detail."
Munevver Hasanoff, Sirius College, Melbourne
"This PD was excellent! Karl was a great and informative presenter. All information was relevant! Absolutely loved it!."
Melanie Walker, Cranbourne Carlisle Primary School, Melbourne
"Amazing. Completely relevant, allowed us to help drive the PD - asking what we want to know more about. Great presenter - full of energy, answered all questions."
Melissa Smallwood, Cranbourne Carlisle Primary School, Melbourne
"Karl, your energy and knowledge was fantastic. So much to think about and try. Would love to have you do a whole staff day at our school."
Anna Hanslow, The Friends' School, Hobart
"Wow! Amazing delivery. Great framework to work within.
Alison Jones, St Aloysius Catholic College, Hobart
"The workshop was fantastic! I really enjoyed the content and the presenter. Karl was very knowledgeable.
I really feel that I have learned a lot from this PD. Thank you Karl."
Klara Hourmis, Sirius College, Melbourne
"Amazing presentation. Engaging and eye opening / inspiring!""
Jacqueline Bourtzis, Sunshine Christian School, Melbourne
"Your knowledge of literacy and the year 5 curriculum has helped us immensely with our planning.
You care about us, you care about our teaching, you care about the students’ learning and this shines through with every conversation I have had with you."
Janet Foley, Tamborine Mountain State School
"Outstanding presentation! Best PD I’ve been to in a long time. Thanks Karl."
Cathy Colaci, Dandenong North Primary School
"Amazingly wide breadth of information and skills covered. Karl made a long day interesting and enjoyable with his animated delivery and obvious passion for supporting children to read."
Kathryn Anderson, Overenwton Anglican Community College, Melbourne
"Very well informed presenter with excellent hands on activities and stories."
Marnie Lunnon-Johnson, Newcomb Secondary College, Geelong
"Karl was very engaging and made the session interesting and informative."
Colleen O’Leary, St Paul's Primary School
"Karl was great. Learnt a lot and the workshop was excellent"
Sewita Ghafari, Sirius College, Melbourne
"I have so many new ideas and strategies that I am going to try in the classroom. Karl was a fantastic presenter!"
Kelly Wild, Box Hill North Primary School, Melbourne
"Loved Karl’s energy and enthusiasm. Fantastic presenter. Lots of wonderful, practical ideas. Liked that participants had the opportunity to share experiences."
Georgina Thompson, Apollo Parkways Primary School, Melbourne