Professional Staff

Cheryl Ballantyne 

Dr Cheryl Ballantyne

Research Project Manager

Dr Cheryl Ballantyne is a researcher, educator and freelance editor. Following a 34-year career in NSW public education, serving as a teacher, teacher educator, leader, manager, and senior executive, she completed doctoral studies at Western Sydney University, and graduated in 2018. A particular research interest, and focus of her PhD research, is the dialogical nature of teacher identity, enacted in discourse and practice. Cheryl has been an education partner with the WSU School of Education over approximately 10 years of the 12-year ROSETE partnership. During her work with the NSW Department of Education she spent six years assisting and supporting school improvement in western Sydney schools in the Mt Druitt area. It was this experience which inspired her interest in the evaluation of the CUBS Project.

Jonathan Ng 

Jonathan Ng

Research Project Officer

Jonathan has worked with youth and adults from diverse gender and sexual identities, and those seeking asylum, and remains involved in several codesigned, user-led initiatives for service improvements. In TeEACH, he works on the ReSPECT Project and provides project management and research support, drawing on his experiences as a social worker to develop and implement trauma-informed, anti-oppressive research methods.

Jonathan graduated with a BA in Sociology from the State University of New York, University at Buffalo and a Master of Social Work from the University of Sydney. His current personal projects include preparing for his interpreting and translating certification tests, and a collaboration project with practitioners and service users across multiple sectors to develop a practice framework for workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds committed to embedding a critically reflective and proactive approach in their work and advocacy.

Cris Townley 

Cris Townley

Research Project Officer

Cris is an interdisciplinary researcher focussed on cultural belonging in early childhood environments, LGBTQ+ experience, and gender equality. Cris has worked on several projects across WSU, in THRI, TeEACH and Sexualities and Genders Research. Current projects include a Vice Chancellors’ Gender Equality project on HDR candidature, a Multicultural NSW COMPACT grant project on social cohesion and peace building, and an exploration of Acknowledgement of Country practices in Early Childhood services.

Cris submitted a PhD on identity and social support in Australian community playgroups mid-2021 at the Social Policy Research Centre at UNSW. Cris graduated from Cambridge University with a BA Hons and a Cert. Ed in Mathematics and Education and has a Masters’ Degree in the Sociology of Gender Divisions from Essex University.

 

Christy Hartlage

Research Project Officer

Christy has a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Auckland.  She teaches in the Areas of Education and Transformation and Applied Imagination.

Christy’s most recent work has been focused on supporting Mother’s with Infants, developing a home visiting service to provide practical support and community engagement.  In TeEACH she is developing modules for Volunteer Coordinators in Volunteer Family Connect, drawing on her experience coordinating home visiting services.

Timothy Kent 

Timothy Kent

Technical Support

Timothy is a highly experienced and qualified IT professional with exceptional problem-solving skills. He has an excellent demonstrated ability to refine and improve processes and strategies to achieve increased productivity while being highly focused on customer satisfaction.

With 5+ years experience within universities, Timothy has furthered his knowledge and experience within education, research and ethics.

Timothy's role at TeEACH is to provide technical expertise across our research projects, databases and websites.

Tim has more recently developed the iLearn learning platform for TeEACH. This houses multiple non-accredited courses which includes videos & other interactive learning experiences.