Debbie Bassingthwaighte , Optimise Learning

Specialist Teacher, Family Life Coach, Developmental Educator


Inaugural Chair, Board of Directors, Minessence International Cooperative Ltd.

Debbie is an innovative and highly experienced educator with a career spanning more than 35 years in special education, teaching, university lecturing, workshop and retreat facilitation, corporate learning and development, family life coaching, and mentoring.

Her greatest passion is working with children and their families, and she finds enormous inspiration in identifying and nurturing the unique potential of every learner.  She believes it's a special privilege to inspire self-belief and confidence in children and their parents, creating optimism about personal value and future possibilities.

Debbie established Optimise Learning to provide highly professional and personalised learning consultancy, educational assessments, specialist one-on-one teaching, advocacy, workshops, and coaching for children, parents and supporting professionals.  Using her wealth of experience, she supports gifted children and those with disabilities, significant medical needs and learning difficulties, and is passionate about empowering learners through a strengths focus.

Debbie believes it’s a great privilege to nurture and celebrate the unique and limitless potential of every learner.

An engaging speaker, Debbie has presented at international, state and regional conferences, and to full auditoriums, large teams, and small parent groups. She's delivered flexible learning experiences for undergraduate and post-graduate students at the University of Southern Queensland, and extensive professional development for teachers in the Darling Downs Region.

In her role as National Learning and Development Manager at Shine Lawyers, Debbie integrated her expertise as a FranklinCovey 7 Habits Facilitator, Minessence Values Consultant, Leadership Coach and Mentor, and Belbin Team Roles Consultant.

When not at work, Debbie lives with her husband on a peaceful 5 acres in the Lockyer Valley near Toowoomba, and enjoys reading, travel, permaculture, healthy cooking, and conscious living in harmony with our natural environment.

Above all, Debbie has an insatiable appetite for learning, and every day that she learns or experiences something new is a great day. Debbie aspires to live her very best life and to empower others to discover their unique gifts and potential.

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