Introducing Our Principal


Dr Jake Madden

Dip Teach; B.Ed; Grad Dip: Leadership; M. Ed: Leadership; EdD; FACEL; MACE

After graduating with a primary teaching degree majoring in physical education Jake has enjoyed a successful teaching and leadership career across three states and four educational systems throughout Australia. He has been a principal of six schools over the last twenty years building and leading learning communities. He passionate about leadership and the positive difference that it can make to teacher and student learning outcomes.  Over many years, Jake has led and facilitated the professional learning of principals and staff at school, national and international level in the area of leadership, school improvement and curriculum development.

Guiding his leadership practices is the key focus on improving student learning. This highlights his educational interests in building teacher capacity through the development of learning in the contemporary world, the promotion of flexible learning spaces to meet the needs of the 21st century learner and curriculum for global mindedness. This is highlighted in his online presence. Additionally, Jake is recognised for his passion in supporting the training and development of beginning teachers.

Jake sees teachers as leaders in his schools with his doctoral research being focused on the relationship between teachers as leaders and school principals. Flowing from his research and experience in schools, Jake has provided blueprints for schools wishing to engage in school improvement initiatives. He is the author of four books and numerous articles. Incorporating his doctoral work on building teacher capacity Jake’s expertise has assisted schools in undertaking pedagogical change.


Jake is a leader in the notion of teacher-as-researcher and through his leadership in schools engages teachers to collaborate in revising curriculum, improving their work environment, professionalizing teaching, and developing effective school policy. In his role as International Schools Consultant Jake is called upon nationally and internationally to offer insights into building teacher capacity in de-privatizing teaching and learning.


He is widely published in this area of teachers as researchers, authoring four books and a number of journal articles showcasing his experiences and research into leading educational change. He is currently on the editorial board for the International Journal of Innovation, Creativity and Change.


In his role as an Adjunct Senior Lecturer with Southern Cross University Jake has led education delegations to Norway and China, presented papers at international conferences and supervises masters and PhD students. Sitting on various advisory committees Jake offers guidance to emerging teacher education and curriculum design programmes.


He was awarded a Fellowship with the Australian Council of Educational Leaders in recognition of his contribution in this area and to fostering teacher professional learning and was a finalist in the Diocesan Education Awards for Leadership.


In former roles, Jake was the secretary of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders, NSW Branch, a delegate for the Coffs Harbour Education Skills Forum and treasurer of the Diocesan Principals’ Association. He is an accredited rugby coach and is a golfing enthusiast.


Jake is married to a teacher librarian and has four young adult children.