Our Team

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ASTA (Admin)
BAppSci(Physics), MsInfSc, GradDip(Education)
ASTA_admin is really Phillip Berrie. He lives in Yass in New South Wales and works part-time for ASTA from his home office. His work history includes the following: 25+ years as general staff in IT-associated roles at both ANU and University College, ADFA (UNSW), including working as a research programmer in an ARC-funded project working on electronic editions of literature; Retrained as a science teacher and did a short stint as a teacher at Stromlo High School in Canberra before joining ASTA as their part-time digital project officer; Phill has also worked as a self-employed writer and editor for over ten years, working in both fiction and nonfiction areas, including academic editing of tertiary-level papers from ESL scientists. He is also employed by ASTA as their part-time publications manager and works for them externally as both a copyeditor and as the graphic designer for the 'Teaching Science' journal.
ASTA Executive Director
Teresa Gigengack
Teresa Gigengack
Bachelor of Science (Health and Safety), Advanced Diploma Laboratory Operations
Teresa is the Laboratory Technician Support Officer for Science ASSIST. She has worked in secondary school science for more than 20 years in both Independent and public schools, as a science technician and as a Regional Laboratory Technician. Prior to these roles, she worked in agricultural research laboratories at the University of Western Australia and in commercial tissue culture laboratories. She has had extensive involvement in the national survey and report “The Status of School Science Laboratory Technicians in Australian Secondary Schools’, subsequently chaired the working party for the development of Professional Standards for School Science Laboratory Technicians, is a former chairman of LABNETWEST Inc. and former president of Science Education Technicians Australia.
Valmai Hicks