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About Teacher Professional Development

We help teachers engage their students and thrive in their careers

Welcome to Teacher Professional Development. We are thrilled to be able to support you in your teaching career and your classroom.


We understand the demands of a teaching workload and the need to keep up with professional development. And we know you strive to create an engaging learning environment for your students. This is exactly why Teacher Professional Development was founded: to help teachers enjoy rewarding careers and create engaging classrooms. 

Professional development and classroom resources for teachers

Teacher Professional Development is a provider delivering professional development and developing resources for the classroom. Our products are syllabus-based and designed to integrate into multiple state curricula. We have trained over 5000 teachers since 2016, and have saved over 3 million hours of our teachers’ time, taking care of their curriculum delivery planning and resource creation. It’s an honour to help so many teachers do what they do best.


But our motivation is far greater than just creating quality courses and resources! 

Our mission is to arm teachers with effective time-saving resources and skills, so they can enjoy work-life balance. We want exceed the expectations of our teachers – because teachers go above and beyond in the classroom every day. And for that we say, thank you!

Teacher Professional Development courses and resources are:

  • designed to achieve learning outcomes
  • focused on making classroom teaching easier
  • based on syllabus requirements within curriculum guidelines
  • guided by the principles of our CLEWES Framework
  • created and delivered by subject matter experts from The Happiness Mission team as well as quality independent contributors and presenters
  • spanning 12 major specialisations: food technology; textiles; hospitality; community & family studies; child studies; design and technology; legal studies; digital technologies; visual arts; engineering; construction; and primary generalist classroom.

How we help teachers enjoy a rewarding career

We all want our students to grow and thrive. It’s the whole reason most of us become teachers! But we’re so busy – managing curriculum changes, keeping our skills up-to-date, and translating syllabi into meaningful lessons and projects.

Plus we need to engage kids the way that they need. Visual learners, short-attention span learners, action oriented learners… teachers have a huge job!

The workload of a teacher in 2020 feels impossible. Work can quickly eat into personal time and lead to teacher burn-out.

At Teacher Professional Development, we’re trying to level out the work-life balance by taking one thing off your plate with our resources and worthwhile professional development courses. We ultimately want to help you sustain that love of teaching.

Most importantly, we’re here for you. (Yes – there are real people behind these resources!) We’re passionate about supporting teachers – you’ll hear it in our voices when you contact us about a product or watch us deliver our online courses. We assist you directly, answer your questions, and develop further resources based on your needs.

The team behind your courses and resources

Teacher Professional Development was founded in 2016 by Carly Saunders and Tresne Middleton. The duo brought Teacher Professional Development to life to support our hard-working teachers. They realised that nurturing our teachers makes for happier classrooms and contributes to positive learning outcomes. Carly and Tresne aspire to help reduce educational inequality and disadvantage.

Carly Saunders – Head of Resource Development

Carly is a lecturer and tutor at University of Newcastle in the School of Education. Carly has been a Food Technology teacher for 17 years, has trained over 3,000 teachers – she’s no stranger to the classroom! Carly thrives on educating dynamic and passionate teachers, and is a published author.

Tresne Middleton – Director and CEO

Tresne brings executive leadership to Teacher Professional Development, coordinating operations and leading the company’s strategic planning and development activities. Tresne was inspired by the teachers she met through The Happiness Mission and immediately knew she could put her professional expertise to use in a meaningful way.

The Happiness Mission

Some may recognise Carly and Tresne from My Kitchen Rules in 2014! After putting their culinary skills to the test on national TV, the pair were inspired to established The Happiness Mission – to help foster resilience and healthy learning environments for kids. After delivering programs in schools, they realised they can help kids more by helping the teachers. After all, teachers are the continued presence that can deliver positive educational experiences daily.


Since then, the Happiness Mission team has grown and now includes Lori, Tess and Georgia. As in-house developers, they create beautiful, engaging resources. Their commitment, willingness to go above and beyond, and pride in their work has made them integral to the Teacher Professional Development family. When you see ‘The Happiness Mission’ logo, you’ll know it’s a product made by this caring team.

Meet the presenters

Glenn is an imaginative and knowledgeable educator who loves to help students design and create. Professionally, Glenn has worked as an industrial designer in both Australia and China, and has over 10 years of experience as a TAS teacher in NSW secondary schools. He is passionate about developing visual thinking skills in learners, to enhance STEAM innovation in the classroom and beyond. His real-world experience and love for STEAM based learning opportunities has allowed Glenn to lead enrichment programs and workshops for both primary and high school students. Glenn is now excited to be helping teachers develop their own design thinking skills to support student engagement through authentic learning experiences.

Creator and Presenter Alicia is an enthusiastic Head Teacher who strives to engage all students in the classroom. She has taught in the TAS/VET faculty for over 12 years and enjoys her role as an educator. Alicia is passionate about making good practice better, and loves to share collaboratively with teachers and industry. Alicia has a range of experiences, she has won a National Teaching Award for her engaging pedagogical practices and has successfully trained student teams to victory in Regional culinary competitions. Alicia has also delivered at state conferences where she has mentored teachers across the state.

Kylie Burrett

Kylie Burrett is a teacher and an award winning designer, recently receiving a prestigious a Gold Good Design Award for Design Excellence and Sustainable Design. Kylie has worked as a information/media specialist and education consultant for: ABC TV, WETA Workshop NZ and Chapman Entertainment UK, and for the past 5 years has been combining this industry experience with her role as a librarian/and STEM specialist in NSW schools. As co-creator of the Splat ® Kylie has experience developing both virtual and physical products.

Natalie Littler is a passionate CAFS and PDHPE teacher who loves sharing, collaborating and communicating with other teachers. She has shared her enthusiasm for teaching since 2015 through presenting, contributing and writing various workshops through Teacher Professional Development Workshops and HSC Enrichment Days.

My area of expertise is fashion design and production. I hold an Advanced Diploma in Fashion Design and Technology and currently work as a part time fashion design teacher at Hunter TAFE (2010- current). I am also a casual TAS teacher (specialising in textiles design and food technology). I am the owner and designer of Miss Lulu, a nautical retro inspired clothing label for modern day pin ups (since 2008) and I am currently developing a new accessories and homewares range under a new label The Sailor, Siren & Co.

Jade has been teaching in independent schools for over 15 years. She has taught a range of subjects in TAS, however, Design and Technology is a particular passion of Jade’s.

Jade has a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching Technology and a Masters of Educational leadership.

In Jade’s spare time she loves to sew and travel.

Accreditation and recognition

Teacher Professional Development is proud to be recognised as a Certified Supplier for Supply Nation, Australia’s first Indigenous supplier diversity council dedicated to growing the work opportunities available to Indigenous business across the country.


Teacher Professional Development acknowledges the traditional owners of the lands on which we live and work. We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their elders past, present and future.

Get in touch!

We’d be happy to hear from you directly about your professional development and resource needs. 

Contact us or call (02) 4023 4879


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