Faculty of Education


Faculty of Education


Dr Juhani Tuovinen



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PhD, University of New South Wales, 1999
MEd, La Trobe University, 1987
BEd, Melbourne State College, 1981
HDT (Secondary), Melbourne Secondary Teachers' College, 1969



Dr Juhani Tuovinen has held a number of senior roles in universities and with private education providers, including as Associate Professor in Education at the University of Sunshine Coast, at the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education and the Australian Institute of Business (AIB). He began his professional career working as a teacher in Victorian, Northern Territory and South Australian schools. On the completion of his Master of Education at LaTrobe University he worked as an education lecturer/researcher at Charles Sturt University and after completing his doctoral studies he worked as a research academic at Monash University and other universities. After University of Sunshine Coast he moved to Tabor Adelaide, a private Christian higher education provider, where he was in turn Dean of Education, Head of Humanities and Performing Arts, Director of Research, and Director of Teaching and Learning, as well as being a Board Member of Tabor Adelaide and serving on the Academic Board for a number of years. Subsequently, he undertook a consultancy for the AIB ethics committee development and then a review of the research degrees for the accreditation of the postgraduate research programs. This led to work with both AIB and the Global Centre for Work Applied Learning (GCWAL) as Associate Professor, specifically focusing on the learning aspects of Work-Applied Learning and research supervision for AIB.

Dr Tuovinen is now a Professor at Sheridan College, Perth and Dean of Education at the College. His expertise is in research processes, research degree supervision, the implementation of Christian education in science, mathematics and ICT education, the application of cognitive science to learning and education, international education and curriculum studies.


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Dr Natalie Leitao

Academic Principal

Lecturer (Early Childhood Education)


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PhD (Education), Edith Cowan University, 2008
BEd (Honours - Early Childhood Studies), Edith Cowan University, 1996
DipTeach (K-7), Western Australian College of Advanced Education, 1988



Dr Leitao graduated from the Western Australian College of Advanced Education (now Edith Cowan University) with a Diploma of Teaching (K-7) in 1988, and was appointed to her first teaching position at John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School (formerly Northside Christian School) the following year. In 1994, she began working for Beechboro Christian School, where she served in a variety of teaching and administrative roles, including as Assistant Principal. While employed at Beechboro Christian School, Dr Leitao completed a Bachelor of Education with Honours in 1996, majoring in Early Childhood Studies, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Education) in 2008. Since 1997, Dr Leitao has also worked for Edith Cowan University in course coordination, lecturing, tutoring, professional practice supervision, unit development and research. In 2013, Dr Leitao began tutoring MEd students in Morling College's external studies program.

Dr Leitao has published several articles in early childhood studies and has presented at education conferences for both academics and professional teachers. Dr Leitao has also been closely engaged with the broader education community throughout her career. She has tutored at the Department of Community Development and Dyslexia-Speld Association, served as a member of the ECU School of Education Schools' Liaison Committee (Primary/ECS), and on parent committees at both Beechboro Christian School and Swan Christian College. Dr Leitao continues to serve in the Altone Early Years Network and as a Church Sabbath School leader. She maintains an active involvement with the independent school sector in Perth, including supervising pre-service teachers, inducting new staff and mentoring experienced staff at Christian schools, and has been a board member of Swan Christian Education Association since 2013. 


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Mrs Mathilda Joubert

Director Excellence and Innovation
Lecturer (Management/Education)


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MBA, The Open University, 2007
MSc (Cognitive Neuropsychology) Cum Laude, Oxford Brookes University, 2000
BMus Hons Cum Laude, University of Pretoria, 1998
BMus Cum Laude, University of Pretoria, 1995

CertIV TAE, Tabor College of Higher Education, 2017
PhD Candidate, University of Western Australia


Mathilda Joubert is Director of Excellence and Innovation at Sheridan College and lectures in both the Education and Business Faculties. She is currently completing her PhD at the University of Western Australia, researching the assessment of creative thinking skills. Mathilda is a true cross-disciplinarian with qualifications in diverse fields including music, languages, education, cognitive neuropsychology and business. She has taught at primary and secondary school level and has facilitated successful school improvement programs in more than 500 schools around the world. Her higher education experience includes roles at Warwick University, the Open University, the University of London, Edith Cowan University and now Sheridan College. She serves onthe Western Australian Executive of the Australian Council for Educational Leadership, has accreditation as School Improvement Advisor from the Australian Council for Educational Research, is a Director of Geelong Baptist College and a reviewer for the International Journal of Educational Research and the Thinking Skills and Creativity Journal. Mathilda has been a long-term advisor to the Australian, Lithuanian and British governments on creativity in education, including serving as the expert advisor for Critical and Creative Thinking Skills to the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority.


Mathilda’s expertise in creativity and innovation is recognised internationally across the education, arts, business and voluntary sectors. In 1998 she was appointed Research Fellow to the UK’s National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education where she worked alongside Sir Ken Robinson to advise the UK government the promotion of creativity in education. She was co-author of the Committee’s seminal report All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education (NACCCE, 1999). From 2001 – 2004 Mathilda was a Partner at the international innovation firm, Synectics, which saw her facilitate invention and innovation programmes for business organisations including Coca-Cola (UK), Diageo (Netherlands and UK), the Edrington Group (Scotland), Philips (Belgium), Sonae (Portugal), and Unilever (Argentina and the UK). In 2004 she established the UK consulting firm EXCITE (Excellence, Creativity and Innovation in Teaching and Education), growing it to a team of 60 accredited trainers delivering creativity training programmes in schools.She has published widely on creativity and innovation and is a regular speaker at academic and industry conferences. Additionally, Mathilda has conducted numerous research evaluations of creativity programs for organisations including the British Broadcasting Corporation, Creative Partnerships, the Design Council, FORM, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Scribblers Literature Festival and the West Australian Museum. 


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Mrs Christine Guyler

Director of Professional Development & Corporate Relations

Lecturer (Education)


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MEd, James Cook University, 2003.
GradDipEd (Tertiary Education), Murdoch University, 1995.
BA (Honours - Public Policy & Administration), Plymouth University, 1984.
AdvDipMan (Business Management), 2000.



Christine has a background in education and management and a passion for Christian education.  She qualified first as an educational administrator, then as a teacher, then as a manager and finally as a trainer for managers. She has a Master of Education and she is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute in the UK and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. Christine has travelled the world with her work in education and training. She has lived in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia as well as Australia.  She has worked with RMIT, University of Tasmania, University of Newcastle, Swinburne and Curtin University as well as Corban University in the USA, Pelita Harapan University in Indonesia and others.

Christine is currently studying a DBA in International Business Communication with a university based in Paris and her area of research is business communication in the international education sector. Her work now blends education and management for Christian providers both nationally and internationally.


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Sessional/Adjunct Lecturers

Dr Janine Allen, EdD (Educational Leadership), MA (Curriculum Development/Teacher PD/Adult Learning), BA Hons (Liberal Studies)

Dr Susan Conradie, EdD, MEd cum laude, BEd, HED, BSc

Dr Mark Fielding, EdD, BEd (Hons), BA (History)

Dr Lindsay Graieg, EdD, MEdStud (Hons), BEd, DipTeach

Mr Warick Smith, MEd (Adult Global Education), MDiv, BCom (Finance/Accounting), Dip (Arabic), CELTA, Cert (Pastoral Care)


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Sheridan College and Sheridan Research Institute are located at
18/7 Aberdeen St, Perth, in the Piccadilly Square West building.

For students, it conveniently places Sheridan College next door to McIver Train Station and a 9-minute walk from Perth Train Station. 10 parking bays will also be available for the exclusive use of staff and students, and the Aberdeen St entrance to the Newcastle St Carpark is across the road.

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