Founder & Educator
Marty is a primary school teacher of 15 years and has worked in numerous roles supporting all elements of digital technologies in schools across Victoria and Queensland. His energy and drive comes from the knowledge that there is always a better way to do things!
Marty has always had a passion for giving children opportunities to be informed and empowered in all aspects of online life- no surprise where the name of the business came from!
Since founding Inform and Empower in 2017, Marty has led countless parent nights, staff PD, and of course- our engaging incursions. He loves to travel and has presented abroad at conferences in NZ and the USA. Marty is excited by all things tech- just don’t trust him with your drone (or ask what happened to his one)- but can often be found unwinding in his Lego room, which he claims is research for another Ollie segment on ‘Green Time’.
Our incredible resident psychologist & mum. Carley likes to share that she is 17 years into an exhaustive (and often exhausting) research project into child & adolescent technology use…aka raising 3 kids. Professionally, she brings 20+ years experience as a psychologist supporting children, adolescents and adults.
Carley co-presents our digital safety parent information sessions as well as hosting a range of educator and parent/carer presentations. These include ‘Starting school: how your family can thrive’, ‘Managing big feelings’ & ‘Tackling tricky conversations’.
The newest member of our team, Laura brings with her 10 years of classroom experience as well as her Masters of Learning Intervention.
Laura co-presents the Year ¾ & ⅚ live streamed incursions whilst also being a pivotal member behind the scenes creating the curriculum resources to support teachers in getting the most out of their partnership with Inform & Empower.
If you hear any Harry Styles or 1D in our Insta Reels, that’s because she is also now in charge of our socials.
Primary school teacher extraordinaire who is also currently leading the innovation & digital technologies program at St John’s Primary School, Footscray. You’ll find Bess knee deep in Beebots, iPads, Chromebooks and anything else that has a bluetooth pulse! As a mum to three young boys she is also very quickly becoming a Minecraft & Roblox expert.
Bess’s official title is our Creative Director. This means she pushes her Macbook to the limit designing graphics, video editing, website building and basically ensuring Marty doesn’t share anything that looks too much like a Grade 4 child created it.
Song Writer & Performer
Damian "Damo" Peck
Damo is the man responsible for our amazing, catchy, dance-along digital safety & wellbeing songs for the early years (F-2). As a qualified music therapist and popular children’s musician, we work collaboratively each term to craft original songs to engage our youngest learners. Check out his handy work on our YouTube Channel.