Portrait of Agli Zavros-Orr


Agli is a teacher educator, writer, researcher and mother.

As co-founder of diversitywise, Agli draws on over three decades of experience working in care and education settings.  This include:

  • Seven years as an early years and primary school teacher, where Agli achieved considerable success supporting young people with complex additional needs.
  • Completing a PhD exploring teacher efficacy, autonomy and relatedness and the expression of care.
  • Lecturing and tutoring beginning teachers in a broad range of curriculum, pedagogy and specialist areas over almost two decades as an academic.
  • Working on a range of projects, focusing on social, emotional, educational and social justice issues affecting young people, their health, wellbeing and educational outcomes.
  • Working in a range of University leadership roles with a particular focus on curriculum and diversity.
  • A range of ancillary experience, including volunteering in a special education facility, supporting children with diverse social-emotional and educational needs and working in a women’s shelter, supporting mothers and children through art and play therapy, therapeutic teaching and advocacy.
  • Being Chair of the Board of Intersex Human Rights Australia (ihra), a member of the Victorian Intersex Expert Advisory Group (IEAG) and a Victorian representative of Intersex Peer Support Australia (IPSA).
  • Publishing a range of book chapters and journal articles regarding relating to intersex issues in education, teacher identity and related topics.

Agli has gained knowledge and understanding about the complexities facing young people in all aspect of their life and has particular expertise around curriculum, classroom management and student diversity.  Agli  freely shares her research and knowledge with teachers, parents, and carers.


Simon’s background is as a data analyst, technical and grant writer,  project manager and community development worker.  The majority of his career has involved support of and partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Simon has worked for the Queensland and Tasmanian government, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and World Vision Australia.  He has served on School Councils for over 5 years, the majority of which has been as School Council President.  He has a sophisticated understanding of the requirements of grant writing for schools and a very strong track record of successful school grant applications

Simon provides a support role within Diversitywise Educational Services.  He implemented and administers this website, develops marketing collateral and resource materials and assists with account management and client reporting.