Dr Katherine Hoekman 

Director, teaching and Learning

Supporting educators in reimagining and designing innovative learning and teaching opportunities across the School’s five campuses is Dr Hoekman’s role as Director of Teaching and Learning. Katherine and the Teaching and Learning team are particularly committed to combining adaptive leadership, disciplined design and system thinking to align our broad and balanced learning experiences for students. This is supported by the use of research-based evidence to customise best-practice and inform innovative approaches for Caulfield Grammar School. Embedding disciplined learning design principles ensures that Caulfield Grammar’s values-based culture develops the self-efficacy of educators at all levels, in order to provide student-centred, teacher-focused and family-friendly programs that enable all learners to pursue their personal path to excellence.

Prior to Caulfield Grammar, Katherine was a School Innovation Consultant at AISNSW (The Association of Independent Schools of NSW), helping schools develop innovative programs designed to address the needs of high potential students. She was a Senior Lecturer in Gifted Education and Educational Leadership in the School of Education at the University of New South Wales, and was made a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators for her cross-sectoral work with educators addressing motivational needs of gifted students at all levels of schooling. Katherine was the Director of Research and Innovative Learning at Abbotsleigh Anglican School for Girls, and Director of the Eileen O’Connor Centre, specialising in embedding assistive technology to support learners with complex needs across the Sydney Archdiocese. As an invited presenter at regional, national and international conferences, she relishes the opportunity to help schools implement systems that develop the professional capabilities of passionate educators, helping learners with diverse needs thrive.

Having friends, family, and a vibrant network of university colleagues and generous mentors scattered all over the world has fueled a life-long love of travel that began with migration to Australia. As a compulsive reader, Katherine’s wanderlust is further stimulated by meeting inspiring new people, visiting exotic new places, encountering brilliant minds and gathering innovative and motivational ideas through reading and listening to books.