Brendan arrived at the Berry Street Education Model in September 2017. Prior to this, he was Positive Education Leader at Buckley Park College in Essendon, Victoria. This work included sharing Positive Education with the students, the teachers, and the broader community. Through this work, Brendan became secretary for the Victorian chapter of the Positive Education Schools Association & became Head of BSEM in July 2019.
His teaching history also includes eight years in alternative settings, specialising in students with behavioural management issues. Through these roles Brendan developed an expertise in helping students succeed in classroom environments, with a particular interest in students with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder. While most of this time was spent at schools in the suburbs of Melbourne, a fraction of these eight years were spent at Enterprise Alternative School in Montreal, Quebec.
As part of his Graduate Diploma of Education at the University of Melbourne, Brendan was part of the Problem-Based Learning module, which worked with schools on educational issues. Brendan worked in conjunction with Princes Hill Secondary College on the issue of organisational and cultural change in educational settings. Many years later, he continued and extended this work while studying the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne, focusing his work on Systems Inspired Positive Psychology.
At the Berry Street Education Model, Brendan works closely with teachers, leaders and school support staff to improve school culture, and to ensure the best possible outcomes for all students.