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Anne Johnstone

University of Melbourne, Australia

Anne Johnstone is the Principal of Ravenswood School for Girls in Sydney, Australia, and Deputy Chair and a founding board member of PESA (Positive Education Schools Association). She has significant experience in leadership roles in schools, and as a teacher.  Anne is also an Executive Member of the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia.   

Anne holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) degrees, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Education. Anne also holds a Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) from the University of Pennsylvania, her capstone research on High Quality Connections in schools was supervised by Professor Martin Seligman, and received the honour of being recognised as a distinguished capstone.  

Anne is currently undertaking a PhD in Education at the University of Melbourne under the supervision of Professor Lea Waters and Dr Margaret (Peggy) Kern. In 2004, Anne was the recipient of a Winston Churchill Fellowship to conduct research in the United Kingdom on how to foster student resilience. She was also a winner of the Teachers’ Guild of New South Wales Award for Excellence in the Early Years of Teaching. This year, Anne was awarded the Australian Speech Communication Association (ASCA) Award for Excellence in Communication.  Before pursuing her passion for teaching, Anne practiced as a lawyer, and undertook teaching blocks as course convenor and lecturer in law at Macquarie University.