About me

Currently, I am a Science Curriculum leader and International VCE mentor at a large independent school in Melbourne, Australia.

I have come to education along a winding road. A Graduate Dip.Ed via correspondence from Monash University in 2008 put me in touch with a whole new world of possibilities through children and learning. This journey has continued with my completing a Masters of Education, with a particular focus on Leadership and Organisational Change. In 2015, the pinnacle of this journey has come into focus with the beginning of a PhD in Education, supervised by Prof Alan Bain at Charles Sturt University.

I am a lover of knowledge and a lover of learning. I am impressed by the possibilities of new technologies and am keen to get involved in their implementation – particularly if they are able to better engage young people with the wonders of their world. I am drawn to the unique dynamics of education in Australia, particularly as it applies to the expansion of the education sector into Asia and other global markets.

My Masters studies (Masters of Education – Leadership, Policy and Change) have led me to a detailed look at the concept of followership in the classroom and, in particular, how students conceptualize followership. In recent times I am very excited to embark upon a PhD, looking to explore the role that technology can play in bridging the research to practice gap that exists in education.

I am married to a beautiful and supportive woman, with two engrossing children and three less-than-impressed dogs.

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I edit a wiki hosted by the Internet leadership Association for “The Followership Learning Community” and thought “Developing a leader-follower dynamic in the classroom” would be of interest to our members. Check us out: “The Followership Exchange” at:


Our followership group was started by Ira Chaleff (http://www.courageousfollower.net) and is now chaired by Gene Dixon. Anyone can subscribe to the wiki (free) and post materials they believe would interest scholars and practitioners with an interest in followership and leader-follower relations ( particularly from a follower’s perspective.”

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Nadine Cussigh

Hi David, I hope you don’t mind us tracking you down but as Holly is about to sit her last 2 VCE exams early this week, we really wanted to find you and say a big thank you for your part in Holly’s education and learning and her development as a young person. You had a big impact on her and her learning and she always tells people you were one of her best teachers. It was not only your classroom teaching but the availability & support you gave her over and above any teaching responsibilities. As her secondary eduction… Read more »