Expert Facilitators

Simon Dewar

Expert Facilitator – School Culture Partnerships

Simon has spent over 20 years working in a wide variety of schools across Western Metropolitan Melbourne and the Geelong region, as well as some shorter stints in North Queensland and the Northern Territory.

More recently he spent 12 years at a secondary college in rural Victoria. In all of these schools, Simon has undertaken a number of different leadership positions.

His most significant achievement was at age 28 where he was appointed as the assistant principal of a secondary college in South West Victoria before going on to become the principal at age 31. At the time of his appointment, Simon led the significant task of merging the two local secondary colleges to form one school.

For the next 10 years, he worked hard to shape the culture of the school, build strong relationships with the entire community and improve the outcomes of all students.

Simon has genuinely ‘been there’ and can empathise with the challenges facing educators and principals across Australia. He also knows the reward and feeling of getting it right.

Simon brings a strong educational background, sound understanding of human behaviour, genuine care for young people and knowledge of the school setting to the Real Schools Team. He will support your school with the tools and strategies to help them uncover their full potential.

Simon is a very passionate, inspiring and dynamic speaker who partners with schools to empower cultural change and energise their entire school community.

Cassie Kitani

Expert Facilitator – School Culture Partnerships

Cassie has spent 29 years teaching and leading internationally and across the breadth of Australia’s schools.

A Principal of high acclaim, Cassie is a recognised leader within International Schools and the  International Baccalaureate Organisation, a skilled PYP unit developer, a transformer of teaching and learning, an expert in inquiry pedagogy and a fervent advocate for collaborative teams in schools.

Cassie’s experience also includes the thorough implementation of Restorative Practices in schools, driving transitions from punitive models, enhancing community connection and speaking eloquently to the embedding of positive School Cultures.

Cassie completed her Master of Education thesis in Teaching International Mindedness in 2010.

But Cassie doesn’t just talk a thoroughly impressive talk when it comes to great school experiences for all stakeholders. She works directly with teachers and students, tackles the tough topics and leaps the big hurdles.

Cassie is passionate about working with leaders to draw on their expertise and to inspire and connect with teachers.  She believes deeply that building restorative and connected communities can be a powerful force for transforming School Cultures… and lives.