Penny Penhall was the co-founder of the Learning Assistance Programme [LAP]. She was one of the first parent mentors to participate in the original programme at a South Australian secondary school in 1976. Penny conducted hundreds of training and development programmes for administrators, teaching staff and volunteers throughout Australia and overseas. Penny Penhall also set up The LAP Association Inc in 1994, and was Chairperson until 2013 when she resigned due to ill health.
Her work in LAP received high recognition. In 1995 she was awarded the prestigious Advance Australia Award and a European Council of International Schools Fellowship in International Education to introduce the Programme to the international education community. In June 1998, Penny received a Medal in the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for service to education.
Penny’s legacy of mentoring lives on through the Programme in schools throughout Australia and overseas.