Carly and Tresne, founders and directors of The Happiness Mission and Teacher Professional Development. Carly is a lecturer and tutor at University of Newcastle in the School of Education. She has also been a secondary Food Technology teacher for 12 years and trained over 1,700 teachers in Teacher Professional Development throughout Australia since 2016. Carly thrives to educate dynamic, passionate teachers who endeavour to pass their knowledge on to students to make a difference.
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.
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.
My love for food began with a secret spoonful of butter and sugar from my Yiayia (Grandmother) even though she was explicitly told by my mother not to give this to my siblings and I while she was cooking sweets. My love for food and its ability to bring people together was only reinforced by my Greek and Italian culture where I would find myself surrounded by endless rich flavoured dishes and syrupy sweets. Food brings joy to those who eat it and just like Julia Child said “people who love to eat are always the best people.”
Since I was young I was shown that quality ingredients and ‘love’ are what make exceptional food and I have continued this value within my own cooking ever since. It doesn’t matter if I’m cooking something simple or something difficult, I treat every dish the same.However, I haven’t always been a baker. I am a Social Worker by trade and spent many years studying and working with lots of different people from all walks of life. In those years I learned that life is short and that it’s important to do what you love and go after your dreams. So, I simply did that! I quit my job, removed any Plan B’s I may have thought of and became ‘the late night baker.’
The name ‘the late night baker’ came about when my partner saw me frequently baking sweet treats at night for my colleagues, upcoming birthdays, events and for family and friends. He took notice of this because he never got to taste much of what I was baking due to it always being given away. He did however, get to lick the bowl.
So, now I find myself doing what I love and loving what I do and wanting to share it with those who love to eat, because, after all “people who love to eat are always the best people.” And if you’re reading this, then I presume that you are someone who loves to eat!