• stop talking and start listening!
  • Learning is NOT work.
  • Motivation!

Who am I?

I am a highly skilled and committed educator with high expectations who seeks new challenges in order to fully extend myself as an educational leader. I am overtly student-focused and work tirelessly to provide supportive environments that are motivating, challenging and safe so that students can achieve their full potential. I am a visionary leader and have a proven track record in working collaboratively within a school community. I am a trustworthy professional and possess outstanding communication skills used to develop meaningful relationships with all stakeholders. I am committed to the professional learning of staff and believe that it should be paramount in all schools as we move through the 21st Century. I prepare and facilitate workshops to support colleagues, students and parents so we may develop skills and model and instil a love of life-long learning for everyone.


What I do

For teachers: individually, small groups or whole school

  • Learning preference
  • Strategies for teaching
  • Data analysis
  • Learning workshops
  • Behaviour management workshops
  • Explicit learning presentations and strategies
  • Visual Arts
  • AusVELS – planning, documentation, implementation and evaluation
  • Differentiation and modification
  • Your specific need?

For students: small groups, classes, year levels or whole school

  • Learning preferences
  • Goal setting
  • Motivation
  • Study skills and exam preparation
  • Learning through visual art

For parents and your community

  • Learning preferences presentation and strategies to use at home
  • Parent/child study skills sessions
  • How to help your child learn more effectively


Experience  - CONSULTING:




Australian Education Union (AEU)

Critical Agendas

IES National Conferences 

Independent Education Union (IEU)

My Special Child

Skills Plus

Teacher Learning Network

Teacher Training Australia



Al-Taqwa College

Avila College

Balcombe Grammar

Beaufort Secondary College

Brighton Secondary College

Bundoora Secondary College

Camberwell High School

Casey Grammar

Christian Brothers’ College St Kilda

Coolaroo South Primary School

Emerald Secondary College

Ghilgai Steiner School

Hampton Park Secondary College

Hawkesdale P-12 College

Highvale Secondary College

Killester College

Lakes Entrance Secondary College

Loreto College Ballarat

Marymede College

Mazenod College

Mt Lilydale Mercy College

Mt St. Joseph's Grils' College

Our Lady of Mercy College

Padua College

Presentation College Windsor

Salesian College Chadstone

Simonds Catholic College

St Albans Secondary College

St Columba’s College

St Francis Xavier College

St. Joseph's College Geelong

Viewbank College

Warrandyte High School

Wesley College

Westbourne Grammar

Yarra Valley Grammar


Publications and Articles

TLN Magazine

Prestia, J. (2002)     ”Teaching the Visual Arts to Boys in Years 7-9” 

The Middle Years – not just a number

Vol. 9 no. 2 Winter

Prestia, J. (2010)     “Know the Style of Your Audience”

                             Tricks of the Trade, Quality teaching when time matters

                             Vol. 17 no. 3 Spring

Prestia, J (2013)       "Learning Styles - a Broad Perspective"

                              Catering for Difference

                              Vol. 20 no. 1 Autumn

IES Conference publications

Prestia, J. (2004)      Planning Lessons Differentiated By Learning Profile

Differentiating Curriculum: A Practical Guide to Implementing Differential Curriculum and Instruction in Your Classroom to Maximise Achievement Across All Skill Levels

2nd National Conference 27-28 May, Melbourne

Prestia, J.  (2005)     Planning Lessons Differentiated By Learning Profile

Teaching Strategies That Connect With Each Individual Student’s Learning Styles and Needs

3rd Annual Conference 17-18 March, Melbourne

Prestia, J. (2006)      Differentiating curriculum to meet the needs and interests of boys (P-12)

Creating a Better Schooling Process For Boys: Boys Education, What works in Schools. Innovations in Pedagogy, Curriculum and Quality Teaching and Learning Strategies that Maximise Outcomes for Boys

16-17 November, Sydney 




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Who I am

I am an experienced teacher, who wants to share the highs and lows of my learning journey in and out of the classroom.

What I do

I work with educators, students and parents sharing insights, theories and practical applications into the way we learn and behave and how this can assist us in being the best we can be.

Contact me

Want to find out more about how to engage with learning for your students, teachers, parents or work colleagues?

M: 0418 836 366

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W: www.joprestia.com.au