The contributors to the Teachers Matter Magazine are amazing. They are educators, speakers and  teachers from countries all around the world.
The opinions expressed on Teachers Matter Magazine website and the hardcopy magazine are those of the contributors and we love them! 

Here is a list of some of our wonderful contributors… (all articles have full contributor information at the end)

Bette Blance

As an educational consultant and instructor with The William Glasser Institute, Bette works with schools in New Zealand and Australia focusing on pedagogy and behaviour. She helps school staff, counsellors and community members who have the desire to learn more about how and why we behave the way we do. 

Camilla Watson

With a background as a Corporate Trainer, and with a Diploma in Social Services, Camilla is an experienced trainer, counsellor and life coach. She is a stress management specialist and mind/body therapist. She has received awards for Outstanding Adult Educator for her courses and is also licensed by Hay House Programmes as a ‘Heal Your Life®’ coach.  She has worked in the classroom as a support person for children with emotional difficulties and also provides the ‘Understanding Emotional Processing’ workshops for teaching staff to aid them in the classroom.

Elliott Seif

Elliott Seif is currently an educational consultant who was a social studies teacher and Professor of Education at Temple University. He has published commentaries, articles, studies and several books. He is a member of the ASCD Understanding by Design cadre that helped to develop the program, and has conducted Understanding by Design training sessions throughout the United States and internationally. elliottseif@ 

Jay McTighe

Jay McTighe is the coauthor of twelve books, including the best-selling Understanding by Design series with Grant Wiggins and has written more than thirty articles and book chapters. Jay has an extensive background in professional development and is a regular speaker at national, state, and district conferences and workshops. He served as a member of the National Assessment Forum, a coalition of education and civil rights organizations advocating reforms in national, state, and local assessment policies and practices. 

John Shackleton

With a sports psychology and sports coaching background, John now shows international business audiences techniques that exercise and improve the biggest, most powerful muscle in the body – the brain. His clients include Coca-Cola, Air New Zealand, IBM, Hewlett Packard, Sony and Renault. 

Karen Boyes

Karen Boyes is a leading authority on effective learning and teaching in Australasia and is founder and CEO of Spectrum Education. A highly skilled, enthusiastic and dynamic presenter with over 18 years experience in the education profession, she works with teachers, parents, students and corporate clients internationally, unleashing their peak performance. 

Kate Southcombe

Kate provides individually tailored professional development for Early Childhood Centres and schools on evidence-based behaviour management. Her key points of difference are that she is a fully qualified teacher who has lectured in Early Childhood, and she provides essential theory which is frequently missing in trendy packaged material. Kate also consults for parents of children with specific behaviour concerns.

Kate Weigner

Kate Wengier is a dietitian and mother of four young children. She pilots Making Food Fun, a business specialising in fun, healthy eating programs for children and parents. Schools and kindergartens wanting a fresh approach to learning about healthy food love her interactive incursions. Making Food Fun also presents fun, educational sessions for parents on important topics like packing a healthy lunchbox. For tips and tricks about engaging children with healthy food, read her blog at 

Maggie Hos-McGrane

Maggie Hos-McGrane has been teaching for 30 years, 24 of these in international schools. Originally from the UK, Maggie is currently the Elementary Tech Coordinator at the American School of Bombay and is a member of ASB’s Research and Development Core Team. Maggie is a Google Certified Teacher and has presented at conferences in Europe, Asia, North and South America. www.

Dr Marvin Marshall

Marvin is an international staff developer and the author of the best-selling book, Discipline Without Stress, Punishments or Rewards: How Teachers and Parents Promote Responsibility & Learning. His approaches demonstrate how using internal motivation and non-coercion is far more effective and significantly less stressful than using threats, punishments, rewards, and other manipulations aimed at obedience. 

Mick Walsh

Mick Walsh is the author of Australasia’s leading student wellbeing program, the Learning Curve Living, Learning and Thinking program. The program is also extensively used in International schools across the globe. He is a former college leader who now coaches schools on how to deliver the highest quality wellbeing program and he also presents at numerous conferences. Contact Mick Walsh on the website or via email

Rebecca Jane Flanagan

Rebecca Jane Flanagan is a passionate early childhood teacher, talented storyteller and trained opera singer. She is an advocate for play based learning, connecting children with the nature and the importance of music and the creative arts. Her specialised programme includes enchanting performances and workshops for children, and engaging professional development training for early childhood staff. MusicalExperiencesForChildren 

Robyn Pearce

Robyn Pearce is known around the world as the Time Queen, helping people discover new angles on time. Check the resources on her website, including a free report for you: How to Master Time in Only 90 Seconds. She is a CSP, a Certified Speaking Professional. This is the top speaking accreditation in the profession of speaking and held by only about 800 people around the world. 

Therese Hoyle

Therese Hoyle is bestselling author of 101 Playground Games and 101 Wet Playtime Games and Activities. She runs Positive Playtime and whole school social, emotional and behavioural skills programmes nationally and internationally.If you wish to develop her ideas further please read her books, available from Spectrum Education, or contact her direct for in depth advice on designing and developing your playground. 

Tony Ryan

Tony is a teacher-in-residence and educational consultant who refuses to take life too seriously. The facilitation of quality thinking has always fascinated him. If you’d like lots more ideas, head off to www., or to the latest version of Thinkers Keys (available on an Individual and Site licence). Track down Tony at tony@ 

Yvonne Godfrey

Yvonne works with young people, equipping them with confidence, clarity and competence. Yvonne’s book  ‘Parenting Yadults’ outlines her strategies and principles giving parents and educators the tools to transition their teens into responsible and independent young adults (yadults). For more info go to




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