Lise Henriksen & Grace Kelly
After working in various industries such as architectural design, Lise eventually found her place in the classroom and has worked with 15-19-year-olds for over 20 years. The value she places on art education and its role in addressing 21st-century skills is being recognised by employers where the demand for excellence in collaboration and communication skills is starting to outweigh theoretical knowledge.
Lise endeavours to give her students a supportive, meaningful and memorable experience of the Arts. Lise says the key to her teaching style is to maintain relevance for students by always examining her own teaching and art making practices. Apart from teaching, Lise is most proud of instigating the very first TAFE course in NSW which caters only for secondary students who wish to learn how to draw and paint.
Lise has been awarded the prestigious Minister for Education and Training and Australian College of Educators NSW Quality Teaching Award.
Lise is currently working on developing interdisciplinary projects that address student engagement, learning and critical thinking. In collaboration with the English Learning Area, Lise worked to address outcomes using Shakespeare’s Othello as stimuli and culminating in a curated exhibition of artworks, writings, food, performance and sound. This was the springboard for a new approach to Year 11 incorporating a range of pedagogies including PBL, differentiated learning, design thinking and cross-curricular.