Starting in 1969, Garry Collins taught English at Gladstone and Ferny Grove State High Schools and was an English department head for over 30 years. He also taught in the US and Canada on year-long exchanges. Since retiring from Education Queensland in 2009, he has been a part-time teacher educator at the University of Queensland and the Australian Catholic University. Garry's pre-service education was a BA, Dip Ed course at UQ and in the mid 1990s he completed an MEd at QUT. He succeeded Karen Moni as ETAQ President in mid 2005 and served in that role until handing over to Fiona Laing at the 2014 AGM. He served on the council of the national English teacher body, the Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE), for 12 years and was the national president in 2014-15. He was made a Life Member of ETAQ in 2017.