Professor Donna Pendergast was appointed to the AITSL Board on 14 June 2018.
As Dean and Head, School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University, Donna is a passionate educator and researcher with a global profile in the fields of middle schooling and young adolescent teaching and learning; and individual and family well-being. She leads a dynamic school of teacher and professional educators who are committed to preparing the next generation of teachers and related professionals through agile and socially just educational practices.
Donna has previously worked in P-10, secondary and secondary colleges as a classroom teacher and administrator. Her academic career more recently included her appointment to lead and develop the first dedicated middle years’ teacher education program in Australia, and she has been a prominent player in the state and national agendas related to junior secondary reform. She has also conducted a number of national research projects of significance and published extensively, including several books of relevance to contemporary teacher work.