Syba Speakers Network


The Syba Speakers Network was established to take the hard work out of sourcing and organising local and international speakers, authors and illustrators for school visits. This network has now facilitated over 50 school visits.

Our network includes a range of internationally recognised educators and keynote speakers as well as a range of experienced and well-known Australian authors and illustrators. Our service is a cost-effective and efficient way to in-service your whole school staff. Dr Ross Todd, Chris Smith and Lyn Hay are among the renowned speakers we have collaborated with to present customised workshops in schools and for network groups.

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Speaker Bios


Phyl Coath Williamson

Phyl launched Syba Seminars (now Syba Academy) in 2006 in response to her customers
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Lyn Hay

Head of Professional Learning at Syba Academy
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Adam Taylor

Holy Cross College, Ryde
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Aleesah Darlison

Picture books and novels for children and young adults.
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Alinda Sheerman

2012 SLANSW & ASLA Australian Teacher Librarian of the Year.
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Anne Whisken

Teacher Librarian and PhD candidate
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Ashleigh Catanzariti

Merrylands East PS
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Carol Gordon

Carol's interestes include information-based inquiry and action research.
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Charlotte Calder

Junior and YA novels, incl 'The Ghost at the Point' and 'Stuck!'
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Chris Cheng

A husband, writer, teacher, uncle, godfather, brother, friend and even a pal!
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Chris Smith (Shamblesguru)

Digital nomad evangelist, Web 2.0 guru, based in Thailand. Visits regularly.
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Dr Ross Todd

Scholar in Residence at Syba Academy.
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Goldie Alexander

Writer of novels for adults & children including "My Australian Story".
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Greg Whitby

Diocese of Parramatta
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Gwyneth Jones [The Daring Librarian]

Daring defender of books, libraries, digital freedom, and lifelong learning.

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Jan Latta

Jan follows, documents and photgraphs wild animals in their natural habits.
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Jason Saikaly

Head of Library Services at Barker College
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Jill Carter-Hansen

Jill's first book and was a finalist in the Lothian unpublished Children's Book Awards.
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Kate Kennedy White

Philosophy teacher for K-6, teacher-librarian & accredited teacher trainer
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Lee Fitzgerald

Her passion is inquiry learning, and she believes the time is right for inquiry!
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Leslie Maniotes

Education Consultant, Researcher & Author
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Lynn Revai

Oakhill College, Castle Hill
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Moya Simons

Writes for children aged 6 through to young adult and reluctant readers.
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Nina Rycroft

Delights children with her award winning illustrations.
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Patricia Bernard

Internationally renowned author of 42 books for children & adults.
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Peggy Sheehy

A true pioneer in virtual world education, she is sought out for advice and professional development.
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Peter Macinnis

Full-time writer, mainly related to science, history or both.
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Pru Mitchell

Pru is currently Manager of SCIS.
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Sally Murphy

Sally has now written over 35 books and counting!
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Shannon McClintock Miller

Teacher Librarian, technology integration specialist, consultant, author
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Stephanie McConnell

Turramurra High School
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Sunny South

Sydney Secondary
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Toni Brisland

Passionate about children's literature. Her books are on PRC list.
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Will Richardson

Leading thinker on intersection of social online learning networks and education.
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