Dr Garry Gannell

Dr Garry Gannell

Sessional Lecturer

Dr Garry Gannell is a Sessional Lecturer for Alphacrucis College in Education. 

Dr Garry Gannell has worked in Christian Education (in CCS/CSA schools in NSW) from 1981 to 2014. During this time, he taught across K-12, with a focus on secondary. His experience spans teaching in the Physical Education, Social Science and Computing faculties (including a period where he was a Senior Marker of HSC Computing Studies). He was also a Deputy Principal for six years and Principal of K-12 schools for 22 years.

His doctoral studies (through the University of Wollongong) explored leadership of Christian Schools in NSW, with a specific focus on the experiences of first time principals in their first 12 months in the role. During this time, Garry also served on CCS/CSA State Councils for multiple terms, and was the inaugural Chair of what ultimately became the NSW Christian Schools Sports Association. He was also the inaugural Chair of the NSW Christian School Teacher Accreditation Committee, responsible for establishing policy and procedures leading to the accreditation of teachers at the levels of "Highly Accomplished" and "Lead" on behalf of (then) NSW BOSTES. Another significant task that this committee developed under his leadership was the development of Christian Distinctive Standards, aligned with the BOSTES/NESA Teacher Accreditation Standards.

Garry finished full time Principalship at the end of 2013 and, since then, has increased his commitment to supporting tertiary institutions and their students, mentoring emerging leaders, consulting to schools and acting as a locum for a Principal on leave for one school term.

His qualifications include numerous Education degrees at the Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate level, gained through both secular and Christian institutions. At the tertiary level, Garry has been involved in writing subjects at the Masters Level for Excelsia College (formerly Wesley Institute) and Morling Education (formerly Southland College), as well as for Alphacrucis College. He has almost 20 years' experience in lecturing students studying for undergraduate and post graduate qualifications.

Garry wrote the subject “Becoming a more effective school leader in the 21st Century” for Morling Education’s M.Ed (Leadership) degree, and “Foundations of Teaching” and “Classroom Management” for Excelsia College. For Alphacrucis college, his focus has been more on delivering in the PDHPE and ICT areas. He also wrote the Chapter “Physical and Health Education” for the well regarded textbook “Better Learning: Trajectories for educators in Christian schools”.

Before moving to his current location, Garry was, for many years, an Elder of his family’s local church. Garry moved to the mid north coast iat the end of 2017, and he is now Secretary his new church. He, and his wife, are also “grey nomads” who spend as much as 6 month of th year “on the road”, enjoying both outback and coastal Australia.


DEd (University of Wollongong) 2004

MEd (College of Christian Higher Education) 2000

GradDipEduStud (Riverina-Murray Institute of Higher Education) 1988

BEd (PDHPE) (University of Wollongong) 1987

DipPDHPE (Wollongong Institue of Education) 1981

Certificate in Theology (Moore Theological College) 1993

Book Chapter

  • 2017
    • Gannell, G (2017). Physical and Health Education In Goodlet, K., Collier, J., George, T, Better Learning: Trajectories for educators in Christian Schools (pp. ). St Marks National Theological Centre.

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