About Wabisabi Academy

A collaboration of recognized future-focused learning leaders and master teachers at the forefront of global education innovation

Thomas Steele-Maley

Thomas brings 22 years of experience in foresight, design, and the launch of new learning ecologies across both the private and public sectors. His deep expertise includes strategy, innovation, research, design, all aspects of the start-up process, educational practice and technology. He is a globally recognized leader, designer and advisor working to transform education and learning systems.


Lee Watanabe-Crockett

Lee is an optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together through connection and compassion.

Lee Watanabe-Crockett works with governments, education systems, international agencies and corporations to help people and organisations connect to their highest purpose and realise their wish for the future.

Lee believes in creating balance in the reality of a digital present and future. As such, living in Japan, he studies Buddhism, as well as Aikido, and the Shakuhachi, a traditional Japanese bamboo flute.

His several best-selling books including Growing Global Digital Citizens, Mindful Assessment and Future-Focused Learning, have garnered many awards and are used in schools and universities around the world.


Kathleen Baker-Brown

Kathleen has extensive experience as an educational leader in Australia, in teaching, Principal, administrative and consultative roles. Her connection to Australian art and culture led to roles as an Art Consultant and Gallery Director, and she is a former Board Member of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.

Kathleen’s own first experience of school was rich and experiential. She attended a bush preschool in Australia’s Northern Territory. In a learning environment that was largely outdoors, and deeply connected to artistic and cultural expression, she developed a love of exploring and learning that stays with her to this day. 

Kathleen is motivated by her wish to understand and celebrate the cultural stories, voices and perspectives of learners everywhere. She holds formal qualifications in Education, Literature, History and Anthropology, and truly believes that all learners deserve the opportunity to follow their hearts and to shine in the areas of their strengths and passions.


Judy Maddalozzo

Judy is an accredited Highly Accomplished teacher, currently working on creating units of work that inspire innovation and critical thinking pathways. Her work is designed with a high level of understanding that learners have different ways of thinking and working to find solutions, outcomes, and deeper understandings. The idea is to guide and grow confidence, to explore and enjoy learning.

As an artist and educator, Judy has produced a variety of learning programs around environmental awareness and sustainability, working with leading experts such as landscape architect, Costa Georgiades (Gardening Australia) on these projects. Judy’s learning programs have a profound focus on the need to take action to protect and save this fragile planet for future generations. In 2015, she worked with Keep Australia Beautiful and the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), to introduce and establish the first Eco-School in the Northern Territory. That same year, Judy attended the AAEE Environmental Education Conference in the Hunter Valley, NSW as a keynote speaker with the Keep Australia Beautiful team to deliver a presentation on Eco-Schools Australia. It was here that she was privileged to work with scientists who were on their way to the 2015 Climate Change Conference in Paris.

Judy knows that when art and nature are shared with children great joy and wellbeing are experienced. Judy studied visual arts formally in Brisbane, Australia. She is collected by the Art Gallery of Qld and holds this and her collaboration with renowned Australian artists Thanakupi and Gwyn Hanssen Pigott as two highlights of her career. 

Joeseph Lloyd

Joe is an innovator and a great believer in following passion and dreams to inspire both oneself and others to achieve great things. Joe has been engaged with education for over 10 years working within schools and educational systems, advocating for the individual autonomy of young people to have voice and choice in their educational pathways and learning. He has worked in settings from K – Yr 12 to assist in the design of learning that is genuinely personalized to individual learners and assists them in achieving their own goals and desired outcomes. Joe believes that we learn for life; it is not merely enough to learn for the sake of academia, but to find purpose and relevance in ones learning which is unique to our own existence and use it for the betterment of self and others.

Joe’s own educational pathway was one pursued through passion, a love of music leading him to study his Honours in Jazz Saxophone at the Australian National University (ANU). After ANU and time spent exploring the career of a professional musician, he went to the University of Canbera (UC) to pursue an emerging interest in education, as well as studying Educational Leadership through the ACU, and has followed this trajectory ever since. When not teaching, Joe is living his own passions, those of music, the outdoors and rock climbing.