Kery O’Neill BVSc DipEd


  • HSC MSC Woolwich, Sydney, NSW, 1979
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney, Australia, 1985
  • Graduate Diploma in Education, University of Technology Sydney, Australia 1996
  • Certification in Brain Based Training,  Focus Education Australia  2010

With a background that incorporates research science, veterinary surgery, education and management, Kery is well practised in lifelong learning. With nearly 20 years’ experience teaching students of all ages, Kery has set the goals of her Professional Development programs to excite, engage and empower for learning and for life.

She has both “talked the talk” and “walked the walk” of neuroeducation in her instructional and management practice. In each of her teaching positions, Kery has been responsible for developing learning programs that are linked to life and assessments that value skills and understanding more than “numbers”. Kery was also an active and effective Pastoral Care Coordinator and designed pastoral care programs for high schools.

Kery is the mother of three children who span the “Gen” categories and is currently living in the Blue Mountains in NSW.

Kery’s personal story has given her a deep passion for a society that understands

  • The worth of individuals
  • The power of education
  • The joy of learning
  • The need to ask questions and to make choices in life and
  • The need for the tools to make these choices individually and as a group

The ‘Active Axons’ workshop was just the most inspirational session I have ever attended. My only complaint is that this session did not go for long enough!”

- IPSHA Deputy’s Conference, September 2010

Recent Presentations

  • May 2010 – 1 day, WENZIT Working?  Year 5 and 6 students, Blue Mountains Grammar School
  • September 2010 – Brains for Leading and Learning Workshop, IPSHA Deputy’s Conference
  • November 2010 – 3 day, Mind Your Brain Train the Trainer Workshop, with Focus Education, BMGS
  • December 2010 – 3 day, Year 10 Preparation for Senior Studies, BMGS
  • March 2011 – WENZIT Working for Families?  Workshop, Child Care Links, Adelaide

Employment Background

  • 2010 – present Director, Active Axons Education and Training
  • 1997 – 2010 General classroom teacher of Senior Biology, Science, Ad Astra Primary Science
  • Blue Mountains Grammar School, Wentworth Falls, NSW

  • 2006 – 2010 Pastoral Care Co-ordinator, 2 Point
  • Blue Mountains Grammar School, Wentworth Falls, NSW

  • 1993 – 1996 Teacher (PT) Veterinary Nursing and Biological Techniques, and course
  • development
    TAFE NSW Bankstown campus

  • 1995 Oct – 1996 General classroom teacher, Science, Science for Life, Design and Technology
  • Marist Sisters College Woolwich, Sydney, NSW

  • 1994 – 1995 Management, research trials and liaison between specimen reception and
  • cytology
    Laverty’s Pathology, Eastwood

  • 1991 – 1994 Associate Lecturer, Veterinary Anatomy
  • University of Sydney, Sydney NSW

  • 1987 – 1990 Community Environmental Education, (PT voluntary)
  • Environment Network Centre, Bega, NSW

  • 1993 –1994, 1986 –1991 Private Veterinary Practice, small and large animal medicine and
  • surgery
    Homebush Veterinary Clinic, Sydney NSW
    Bega Veterinary Clinic, NSW
    Kirrawee Veterinary Clinic, Sydney NSW

Kery is an inspirational educator who has fostered a love of learning in her students. They experience “value adding” and an ability to apply their learning to their lives.  Participants in professional development programs and workshops are equally empowered, and take away strategies to implement in their classrooms and their lives.






Hi Kery,  I wanted to say thanks for all you did for the Year 10 Senior Preparation Program. I have spoken to many different students and the feedback has been great. I just wanted you to know that I appreciate the time and effort you have put into this. I know it is your passion, but you have enabled our students to develop their self -understanding and their approach to their studies and life. Thanks again.”

- Head of Curriculum, Blue Mountains Grammar School,   November 2010