Meet the team

Arron Wood

Kids Teaching Kids Director

  • 2001 Young Australian of the Year (National Environment Winner)
  • 2006 Winner in the United Nations World Environment Day Awards – Individual Outstanding Service to the Environment
  • 2006 The Centenary Medal for outstanding contribution to conservation and the environment, awarded by the Governor-General
  • 2007 Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year Award
  • 2007 Melbourne Award for Contribution to the Environment
  • Top ten education leaders nationally in 2009 as part of The Weekend Australian Magazine

Richard Wood

Kids Teaching Kids Co-Founder

  • 1993 Age State curriculum Initiatives Award
  • 1994 The Age Curriculum Excellence Award
  • 1999 The Ford One Planet Environmental Award
  • 1999 Victorian State Landcare Award

Dianne Wood

Dianne Wood has served as a Social Worker and Teacher before joining the team art Kids Teaching Kids.

  • Trained Infant Teachers Certificate – Burwood Teachers College
  • Trained Homecrafts Teachers Certificate in Special Education – Melbourne Teachers College
  • Bachelor of Social Work – La Trobe University, Melbourne
  • Vocational Counselling  Accreditation – Deakin University, Melbourne
         – Triple P Positive Parenting Program Trainer
         – Suicide Prevention training – ASSIST first aid
         – Domestic & Family Violence training
         – Qualified Mediator – able to act in a Family Law environment
         – Qualified in Child Inclusive Dispute Resolution  Practitioner
         – CIP trained for Aboriginal Children
         – Bridges Out of Poverty Training
         – Born to Learn Training (New Zealand)
         – Post-traumatic Stress Disorders training
  • 2007 to 2013 – Family relationship Centre social worker; trained in child inclusive practices for indigenous and non-indigenous children
  • 2006 Child protection agency and Family Start (New Zealand)
  • 2004 to 2006 – Senior Social worker Christmas and Cocos Islands
  • Prior to 2004 – School Social worker Mildura District Schools and teacher Mildura and Melbourne schools

Michelle Tripp

Events/Education Officer

  • Bachelor of Media & Communications – University of South Australia
  • International experience managing & facilitating youth development & recreation programs
    – New South Wales & Victoria, Australia
    – Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa
    – Woodside & Tahoe, California, United States
  • National experience directing corporate events & facilitating team building programs & workshops
  • Developed & delivered STEAM  & enquiry based in-school enterprise education projects
  • Data collation & research for Stanford University Challenge Success – measuring 21st century skills & promoting healthy child development, effective education, strengthened sense of self & positive mindsets


Danielle Thuringer

Education Coordinator

  • Bachelor of Biological Sciences-Colorado State University, USA
  • Post-baccalaureate Secondary Science Education-University of Northern Colorado, USA
  • Experience teaching and developing science curriculum in schools-USA and Vietnam
  • Experience teaching and coordinating environmental education programs-Denver Zoo and Great Plains Zoo, USA
  • Program Coordinator for non-profit travel organisation for students with disabilities; focused on science, service, leadership and culture-Colorado, USA
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language certification and international teaching experience
  • Earth Expeditions Advanced Inquiry Program field study in Belize: Approaches to Environmental Stewardship-Miami University, USA
  • International Baccalaureate certificate in teaching and learning-DePaul University, USA
  • Wilderness First Responder certified