Peter Botsman Award 2008

Dr Judith Kearney

This award acknowledges the excellent contribution made by Dr Judith Kearney to English teaching in Queensland both in her role as a teacher educator at Griffith University and through her participation in professional associations. It recognizes her professional leadership and commitment to the teaching profession, and her administrative, organisational and personal communication skills in the service of English teaching beyond the classroom.

Judith’s commitment to the profession has been evident in her years of service to the English Teachers Association of Queensland.  She served on the Association’s Management Committee and was always keen to ensure that the particular needs of primary school teachers were catered for in the professional development activities conducted.

Her dedication, hard work, persistence and patience were particularly evident in the role of book convenor for the Association.   In this capacity Dr Kearney was responsible for searching for resources to meet the needs of both primary and secondary teachers and for managing the financial, ordering and invoicing processes associated with the position.  This was a responsibility Judith undertook both with consummate professionalism and with great competence. 

A contribution of particular note involved the 2005 AATE/ALEA joint national conference: “Pleasure, Passion, Provocation”. Held at the Gold Coast Convention Centre in July of that year, this activity had over 120 speakers, including international keynotes, national and local presenters and panel members, and attracted over 700 delegates.  Developing effective collaboration between two professional associations with different cultures, agendas, membership and organisational structures requires high degrees of professionalism, leadership, collegiality, efficiency and discretion.  These are qualities that Dr Kearney possesses and demonstrated in all of her interactions related to the Conference, including those involving liaison with our professional conference organisers Organisers Australia.

In particular, Dr Kearney diligently attended all event committee meetings over the two years of conference preparation, communicated effectively and professionally with a large number of potential sponsors, with great tenacity and unfailing patience, and successfully secured $40,000 in sponsorship for the conference.  Her contribution was highly significant as it has enabled the conference to run at a profit for the first time in several years.  Both AATE/ETAQ and ALEA are indebted to her in this regard.

This award is it is a very fitting one for a quiet achiever who has done much to enhance the professional learning of teachers in Queensland.

Upcoming Events

Understanding Shakespeare

Rob Pensalfini will present this workshop via zoom on Saturday 15 October from 9am till 11 am. For further information download the flyer . Details for joining the zoom meeting will be sent on Wednesday 12 October. As this message will be sent to the email address in the registration it is important that you use your own address, rath...

Category: Workshop
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Date: Saturday 15th October 2022
Venue: ZOOM
Email Enquiries:  adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Early Career Conference 2022: Writing our future?

Writing our future? - a conference presented by and for early career teachers  on Saturday 22 October at Wynnum SHS (tbc)

Category: Seminar
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Date: Saturday 22nd October 2022
Venue: Wynnum SHS


External Examination Preparation

Registration Scroll down to register - but please do read this information Schools should register each teacher who will be using the materials.  Acting on feedback from last year, we will be making the materials available earlier this year. We will be running the External Examination Preparation as one package with more fl...

Category: Student (and teacher) Event
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Date: Saturday 29th October 2022
Venue: Online
Phone Enquiries: 0455464000
Email Enquiries:  adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Writing our future in Essential English 2022

Writing our future in Essential English - a community of practice especially for teachers of Essential English on Saturday 5 November.

Category: Seminar
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Date: Saturday 5th November 2022
Venue: To be confirmed


Indigenous Perspectives in the Junior Curriculum

After a work program review Town High explored ways to better embed indigenous perspectives in the year 7 program through a novella study of Black Cockatoo.  The unit became our first taste of analytical essay writing in year 7, in preparation for subsequent years.  We found greater engagement from students across the board. ...

Category: Seminar
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Date: Friday 2nd December 2022
Venue: Town High, Townsville
Email Enquiries:  adminofficer@etaq.org.au


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