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Our Team
Jon Lamotte
Andrew Rogers

Jon Lamotte is the Acting Head of Department of Philosophy, Values and Religion at Hale School WA. He has completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing & Information Systems) at Curtin, a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology & Philosophy with Honours) at UWA and a Graduate Diploma in Education at Notre Dame Fremantle.


Jon has worked in IT for 16 years and has been a tutor and casual lecturer at Notre Dame in Philosophy and Ethics. As a member APIS (WA) since 2013 Jon has helped foster the core aims of the association and is the current Chairperson.

Andrew teaches Philosophy and Ethics at St Mark’s Anglican Community School where he has worked since 2013. Andrew has gained his Level 1 Philosophy in Schools Qualification and currently teaches Philosophy and Ethics to Years 10, 11 and 12, following the WACE ATAR courses.  He is originally from the UK where he completed a Masters Degree in Jewish-Christian Relations, specialising in Jewish responses to the Holocaust. He has taught in Secondary Schools in the UK for 13 years, which included 8 years as a Subject Leader of Religious Studies, Philosophy and Ethics. 


Andrew previously sat on the UK Government’s Regional Standing Advisory Committee for Religious Education and has had an article published in Common Ground, the Journal of the Council of Christians and Jews. Andrew has been the current Secretary of APIS WA since 2016.

Laura D'Olimpio

Alan Tapper

Dr Laura D’Olimpio is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Education at the University of Birmingham and co-editor of the open access Journal of Philosophy in Schools. Laura is a regular contributor to public philosophy, writing for The ConversationThe Ethics Centre; and ABC’s Religion and Ethics website, and appearing on ABC Radio National’s Philosopher’s Zone and The Minefield. Laura’s first book, Media and Moral Education: a philosophy of critical engagement (London, Routledge, 2018) won the 2018 Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia’s annual book prize. Her next book, On the Necessity of Aesthetic Education, is forthcoming with Bloomsbury.

Alan Tapper taught philosophy for about 20 years, mainly at Edith Cowan University, and has worked as a public policy researcher at the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy, Curtin University, for about 8 years. He was Chair of the Reference Group that designed the WACE Philosophy and Ethics course. With Stephan Millett he has co-written three secondary-school philosophy textbooks, Philosophy and Ethics (Cengage).  He is still searching for the meaning of his life.

Alison Freeman

Stephan Millett

Alison Freeman is the Associate Principal at Geographe Primary School in Busselton. Alison has been leading a whole school approach to Philosophy in Schools for six years at Geographe Primary and prior to that lead a whole school approach at Pemberton District High School. Alison is an accredited Level 2 Teacher Educator in Philosophy and has been running Level 1 workshops in Western Australia for 14 years now. In 2013 she won the Outstanding Professional Service Award for her contributions to the Association for Philosophy in Schools (WA). She is currently the Head facilitator for the South West Philosothon and each year has the honour of awarding the most promising philosopher of the evening the Alison Freeman trophy.

Professor Stephan Millett is a moral philosopher and teacher of ethics with scholarly publications in applied and professional ethics, education and metaphysics. In addition to his later career as a University-based ethics specialist, for seven years he also taught Philosophy to children aged five to 17 in an Australian school as his full-time job. With guidance from a reference group of fellow philosophers, he wrote the Philosophy and Ethics upper school curriculum for Western Australia, and co-authored two editions of textbooks for that course with Dr Alan Tapper. He was President of APIS from 2003-2008 during which time he ran many Level 1 Workshops for teachers. He was the principal judge for the original series of Philosothons at Hale School. His book Aristotle’s Powers and Responsibility for Nature was published by Peter Lang in 2011.

Donette Firkins

I began my teaching career as a Humanities and History teacher. After teaching in remote schools, I retrained as a Special Needs Teacher in Canberra before returning to Western Australia. I then worked in a range of Special Education centres, units and schools. Whilst raising my sons, I became involved in Gifted and Talented issues, and as a result, I completed a Certificate in Gifted Education through the University of New South Wales. Since then, I have worked as a Gifted and Talented Coordinator in two schools, and been fortunate enough to combine my interests in Gifted Education with Special Education.

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