Botsman Award 2018

Joanna Gardiner

Joanna Gardiner is Head of English at Somerville House. As throughout her twenty-five year teaching career, she is an outstanding educator of English and advocate for English education, both in and beyond her own English classroom.
As a curriculum leader, Joanna inspires both her students and teaching colleagues to engage in a rich and rigorous English curriculum, to foster a genuine love of literature and strive constantly for standards of excellence.
Joanna continues to have a wider, positive influence on the work in English classrooms through her extensive contribution to the School and broader educational community. She has served on English and English Extension Panels for QCAA for 10 years and has been an active contributor to the development of QCAA syllabuses, and more recently, trial processes for the new QCE. Joanna has been a contributing author for numerous English texts and other publications, including the English Is: English for the Australian Curriculum series published by Wiley. Her most recent being a co-author for the 2017 Wiley publications, Jacaranda English 9 LearnON and Jacaranda English 10 LearnON.
Joanna continues to be a dedicated supporter of The English Teachers Association of Queensland through her ongoing support of ETAQ events, and presentations at State and national conferences since 2002. In 2017 Joanna was invited to present a workshop for teachers at the Brisbane Writer's Festival, and she facilitated 'Just Press Play: Plays, Playfulness & Pedagogy in Senior English' as part of the Festival program.
Joanna maintains a strong commitment to professional development and educational research to inform and implement her strong vision for high-quality teaching and learning in English courses. She is a positive role model to teaching colleagues through her active contribution to the School's professional learning and broader teaching programs, and AATE and ETAQ professional development opportunities. Over a number of years she has developed and been editor for the School's Style Guide and In House, Somerville House' own, educational research journal. She has initiated a range of curricular and extra-curricular projects for the School such as the Somerville House Literary Lounge, to connect students with professional writers, and The Writing Shed, enabling students to extend their literacy skills and capacity to write.

Perhaps the most significant of Joanna's achievements is her tireless commitment and dedication to what is now a generation of students. Her teaching excellence constantly extends beyond the classroom, as she so generously donates her time and energy to work with all students in the School, not only those in her own classes. She works willingly with any student requiring additional support - often giving students many hours of one to one support on an ongoing basis. She is always prepared to go above and beyond, to personally ensure every student is able to achieve to their fullest capacity and support every colleague to meet standards of teaching excellence.
Joanna is a worthy nominee for the Peter Botsman Award for her outstanding work in her own English classroom, her school and for the significant influence she has had on English classrooms around the State.
 

Upcoming Events

Short Stories - Year 11

Emma Monfries and Kiri Lucas will present some practical activities and observations from Unit 2: Texts and Culture.  With these activities, students can conceptualise in concrete ways the relationship between place and culture, for example, through layered maps, and to convey this in texts such as short stories.  Students can a...

Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 15th February 2020
Venue:   Ryan Catholic College
Email Enquiries:   trish.purcell@bigpond.com


An Afternoon with Christine Hills

The Darling Downs Branch will present an Afternoon with Christine Hills and the Collins Writing Program on Wednesday, 26 February, 2020. Afternoon tea will be served from 3:15 to 3:45 pm. This workshop will allow teachers and school leaders an opportunity to: Explore elements of grammar that are central to good writing and align w...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   3:15 PM
Date:   Wednesday 26th February 2020
Venue:   St Ursula's - Toowoomba
Email Enquiries:   trish.purcell@bigpond.com


March Seminar 2020: Diving Deep into Story

Literature is the lifeblood of the English classroom and we all endeavour to make our classrooms creative spaces, helping students to experience the pleasures of responding to and creating literature. This seminar will explore diverse ideas related to creativity in English. The keynote address will be presented by Assoc. Professor Kim Wil...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   8:10 AM
Date:   Saturday 21st March 2020
Venue:   Griffith University TBC
Phone Enquiries:   0455464000


Diving into Analytical Writing

ETAQ will present a session on how to write an 'analytical essay' on Tuesday 28 April, at Aquinas College, Edmund Rice Drive, ASHMORE. In 2020, students will be required to write an 'analytical essay' in the external exam for General English. However, the term 'essay' is not used consistently across subject areas a...

Category:   Professional Development
Start Time:   3:15 PM
Date:   Tuesday 28th April 2020
Venue:   Aquinas College
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Tony Hytch presents

Tony will present a session entitled  "Getting students assessment ready for Essential English" at Pimlico State High School, Townsville on Saturday 2nd May, 2020. Teachers will explore teh possible options for assessment in Units 1 and 2. In particular how to develop an assessment program which best prepares students for the t...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 2nd May 2020
Venue:   Pimlico High School
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


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