Botsman award 2016

Kathleen Hannant

Kathleen Hannant is Head of Department English and International Studies at Centenary Heights State High School, Toowoomba. Over the past 10 years in particular, Kathleen has contributed enormously to improving the quality of English and Literacy teaching on the Darling Downs and beyond. She is a regular contributor at local ETAQ and ALEA events, at state conferences as well as being accepted to present at the upcoming ASFLA national conference. Kathleen has also been on the executive of the Darling Downs branch of ETAQ.

She is a trained tutor in the language program "Language and Literacy Classroom Applications of Functional Grammar and has regularly given her time to present this course in her school and to the Darling Downs teaching fraternity, the latter at weekends. Her training as a tutor in How Language Works and First Steps Reading is also reflected in her practice at Centenary Heights State High School where her leadership of literacy teaching has resulted in strong improvements in literacy achievement. Kathleen's colleagues and principal praise her ability to take challenging concepts about language, literature and literacy teaching and develop teaching resources to assist students and teachers to grasp these concepts as well as her ability to engage teachers. Her work as a literacy coach has meant she has worked with teachers across 3 campuses and across a wide range of KLA areas to develop their ability to teach literacy, all the time using her dry sense of humour and her gracious approach to engage her audience.

Kathleen's skills as an outstanding presenter and teacher are such that she was encouraged to enrol for her masters, her thesis focussing on Curriculum Literacies in Science, History and English. It was so highly regarded that it returned from the examiners; one asking for no changes and the other recommending she publish a paper in Literacy Learning: the Middle Years in the recent Nea Stewart Dore special edition. Acknowledged as a brilliant teacher researcher, she managed her masters, her role as English HOD and literacy coach of her school Centenary Heights as well as being a wife to Paul and mother to 4 school aged children.

Kathleen's work has been recognised for its excellence in a range of ways. Films of her English teaching and her literacy work across the curriculum were used in the recent EQ Literacy Training, she is a valued member of the Downs District Review panel for English, her work has been used as exemplar for pre-service teachers at QUT and she has given guest lectures to fourth year students. In all this her colleagues explain that her generosity of spirit, keen intellect and passion shine from her. Kathleen is a worthy recipient for the Peter Botsman award.
 

 

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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