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 Madeleine Brookes

Founding Partner and Chief Finance Officer (CFO)

Career Snapshot

Originally from England, I’m based at the Western Academy of Beijing where I’ve been since 2008. I’m the high school educational technology specialist and my primary focus is to work alongside classroom teachers to bring in new and innovative pedagogical practices, brought about by the affordances of new technologies. This year I am piloting an exciting new program focusing on a self-directed learning program for some of our senior students.

I’ve been a global educator for over twenty years, mostly in global schools in Asia. I’ve taught at many levels in schools from Grade 1 through to Grade 12, although I have to say that I most enjoy the challenge of the upper teens as they transform into young adults. Prior to teaching, I was a programmer and marketer in the computer industry and I’m so excited to see coding making a big comeback in schools with all the STEAM initiatives. Last year we had almost fifty students go from ‘zero-to-hero’ in one semester as they designed and programmed apps for their mobile phones!

“I love being part of the Eduro team as we have some exceptionally talented educators from whom I draw much of my inspiration.”


I am always learning, informally through social media channels and formally through my current MEd studies in Knowledge Networks and Digital Innovation. My current focus is games-based learning, connectivism and designing spaces for learning.

I’m also the Executive Director of Learning2 where I have the privilege to work with global team of inspirational teachers to organise educational conferences. I’m also one of the founding
partners of Eduro Learning.

My Role at Eduro
As a founding partner of Eduro Learning, I love the challenges of the variety of projects that we are involved in, although much of my work is behind the scenes such as the financial planning and administration.

Beijing, China
Location: Beijing
Awards, Accolades, Honors
  • Executive Director, Learning2
  • Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE), class of 2008
  • (former) ADE Board Member, Greater China
Interests
  • Travel: I’ve grew up ‘overseas’ and, to date, have lived in thirteen countries. Originally from England, I now have an Australian family and one day will claim Queensland to be my home.
  • Exploring: I have a family of explorers; we love to throw on a backpack and take off some place new and see where we end up! TripAdvisor is my friend!
  • Food: When I have the time, I love to cook; and when I don’t, I think about all the wonderful, exotic and interesting foods I have tasted from the all the places I have visited.
  • Programming: Yes, I try to maintain my skillset from my previous life and pass my passion onto my students.

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