Kathy Deacon has over 35 years experience working in public education and was the NSW Teachers Federation’s (Federation) Director of the Centre for Professional Learning from 2014 until January 2020. Kathy was a primary school Principal in south west Sydney and was one of the four Vice Presidents of the Federation. Kathy was previously an Officer of the Federation from 2004 - 2009 working as a City Organiser, Membership and Training Officer and the Public Education Campaign Coordinator.
Kathy has extensive knowledge and experience in curriculum and professional matters and was previously the Federation representative on the NSW Board of Studies. She has contributed to the formulation and advocacy of Federation policies to promote and defend excellence and equity in public education.