Judith Ketchell is a proud descendant from the saltwater people of the Kemer Kemer Meriam Nation, Torres Strait where language and culture remain strong today.
Judith graduated as a teacher in 1982. Her teaching career has spanned over 38 years in many remote, rural and urban school communities. Over many generations, the strong women in Judith’s family have always been the first teachers and storytellers who helped to shape her purpose in life and these same teachings and stories has been passed down with her children.
Judith is recently retired from her role as Executive Principal at Tagai State College, and has been focussed on establishing her own consultancy business influencing Indigenous leadership and Indigenous women’s business in the community.
Judith remains an active member of Australian Institute of Teaching & School Leadership (AITSL) Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander advisory group with specific work about how best to build cultural capabilities of leaders and teachers in all Australian schools.
Judith has co-authored the following publications:
Footprints: To Country Kin and Cultures in 1997
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Education – An Introduction to the Teaching Profession 2nd edition, Jan 2015
Improving Schools using Systems Leadership – Turning intention into reality, Jan 2020
Judith’s work today is centred near places where the rainforest meets the sea – spiritual places that brings peace and balance – the ideal place to start writing her own stories.