Appointment of Head of E-Learning – Justin Pembroke

Sunshine Coast Grammar School is thrilled to welcome Mr Justin Pembroke in the new year as Head of E-Learning. His wealth of experience and dedication to advancing educational technology align seamlessly with the school’s commitment to preparing students for the challenges of the future.

As Head of E-Learning Justin will support the implementation of the Digital Technology and Design Learning Area and work with teachers and students in developing Digital Literacy and play an integral role in the Emerging Technologies Co-Curricular space.

Justin is a 2023 recipient of the Qld Education Peter Doherty – Outstanding Teacher of STEM Award, a LEGO Certified Academy Teacher Trainer, an Apple Learning Coach and also has GROW Coach Certification. Most recently, Justin was recognised in The Educator’s Hotlist for 2023, alongside Anna Owen, for his innovative contributions to education.

Justin is also a previous Grammar student, graduating in 2003 and is excited about his new role. We sat down with Justin to talk about his extensive STEAM experience and what he will bring to the Grammar community.

As an educator, my journey has been diverse. I am deeply committed to supporting and mentoring students with diverse needs and began my career working with students with complex disabilities. My passion lies in ensuring every student’s success and helping them shine, often leveraging technology to foster inclusion in their educational journey.

I’m thrilled about my role at Grammar and look forward to giving back to a community that played a significant role in my own education. Teaching at the school where I once was a student will be a unique experience.

The integration of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) stands out for me as a fundamental aspect of the modern classroom. It promotes a holistic approach to learning, blending technical and scientific knowledge with creativity and critical thinking. This approach cultivates well-rounded individuals who are better prepared for the challenges of the modern world.

I am particularly interested in using STEAM education to address environmental issues and solutions. I aim to engage students in projects and programs that promote the sustainability of our beautiful local area.

Outside of teaching, I am an avid camper, and my young family enjoys disconnecting from the world and relishing the simple things. Additionally, I am an active volunteer in the local robotics community and support organizations like FIRST as a member of their advisory board for Australia.