Lynette Riley a Wiradjuri & Gamilaroi woman from Dubbo and Moree; she is a Senior Lecturer, in the Sydney School of Education & Social Work, The University of Sydney. Lynette has completed her PhD thesis on “Conditions of Academic Success for Aboriginal Students”.
Lynette trained initially as an infants/primary teacher through Armidale College of Advanced Education 1975-1977. Lynette has almost 40 years’ educational experience, working specifically to improve Aboriginal education and administration within: primary schools; high schools; Vocational Education and Training; NSW Department of Education, state office and Universities. Lynette has been a classroom teacher in primary and high schools; an Aboriginal Education consultant for schools across NSW; an Aboriginal Development Manager for VET across central and western NSW; Manager of the Dubbo TAFE Campus; State Manager for NSW DET, Aboriginal Education; and a senior lecturer at UNE and Sydney University. In these positions Lynette has run many projects and sat on numerous committees. Lynette is currently on the National Aboriginal Week Committee and is a Board member of ‘Youth Off The Street’.
Lynette has been required to not only theorise about education to and for Aboriginal children, and their communities; and interwoven interactions with non-Aboriginal people; but to actively find solutions creating sustainable change for Aboriginal programs, entwining understandings and knowledge of cultural education and competence for all people.
Lynette is also an artist having presented her Kangaroo Skin Cloaks – a traditional Aboriginal art form - at several exhibitions since 2012; and one of her greatest accomplishments is raising 7 children and having at present, 10 grand-children.