Peter Botsman Award 2009

 

Lea Harrison

Lea Harrison began her teaching career in 1983 after completing a Bachelor of Education at James Cook University.  She began teaching at Keebra Park State High School, before moving to Atherton State High School and then Mirani State High School.  She started teaching at her current school, Ryan Catholic College in Townsville in 1987.  In 1992 she accepted the position of English Co-ordinator, and she has since held the position of English Head of Department for eighteen years.  In 2008, she was appointed Acting Deputy Principal (Senior School) for three-quarters of the school year.

Lea is a passionate and dedicated teacher of English.  Her commitment has always been totally and unfailing to the students in her classes, and classroom English teaching is her great love.  A challenging and stimulating classroom practitioner, Lea is accepted by her students as a teacher who will challenge them to continually do their best, to explore alternate options or interpretations, to not settle for second best.  Students know Lea always has their best interests at heart.

When one holds a position of leadership for a long time, there is always the possibility of complacency and acceptance.  This is not the case with Lea.  English at Ryan is constantly evolving and developing and units of work always reflect contemporary themes, issues and practices.  Lea’s love of literature and reading is reflected in her choice of texts for study and in her constant searching for relevant, interesting and challenging resources.

As Head of Department for a very large college, Lea has direct responsibility for a team of teachers larger than the entire staff of many schools.  Mentoring and developing staff is a crucial component of Lea’s position, and it is a responsibility she takes very seriously.  Her contribution to the development of the next generation of English teachers is immense.

Lea also contributes to the English teaching profession as a whole, being a long serving member of the NQ English Panel.  Her reputation in the North is immense – she is viewed as the consummate professional, the epitome of a competent and skilled English teacher.

Upcoming Events

May Masterclass 2021

THE CHALLENGE OF TEACHING ANALYSIS: DO WE NEED TO CHANGE OUR PRACTICES? Teaching the process of analysing texts in order for students to produce a spoken or written response remains amongst the most exciting and difficult challenges we face as a community of English teachers. Most recently, the high-stakes nature of unseen examinations fo...

Category:   Master class
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 15th May 2021
Venue:   University of Queensland (tbc)
Phone Enquiries:   0455464000
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


JCU Spectacular

Join Dr Claire Hansen for a two-hour session on teaching Macbeth. We'll dive into an exploration of the language of Macbeth and teaching strategies to engage students with Shakespeare's Scottish play.  The workshop will also explore learning activities for Macbeth created by the Shakespeare Reloaded project. This session will...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 22nd May 2021
Venue:   ZOOM
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Grammar Day

A grammar workshop will be held at Elanora State High School  on Saturday 29 May 2021 to assist attendees to develop their understandings of grammar in order to fully comprehend and to effectively teach the Australia Curriculum: English (AC:E). Also highly relevant to Years 11 & 12. This will be an updated re-run of the activity ...

Category:   Workshop
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 29th May 2021
Venue:   Elanora State High School
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Teacher event - external assessment

The second series of pre-external examination events will be held for teachers on Saturday 31 July as a face-to-face event and online. Recorded materials will remain available to all participants online until the examination week in October. Date Claimer giving further information is available for download ...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 31st July 2021
Venue:   TBC
Phone Enquiries:   0455464000


Student event - external assessment

Flexible modes  of delivery will allow you and your students to engage with the materials at a time that suits you.  Once again this event will be fully online to cater for all members and their students. This year the materials will come to you live in the afternoon of  Wednesday 8 September and again in the morning of Saturda...

Category:   Student (and teacher) Event
Start Time:   3:00 PM
Date:   Wednesday 8th September 2021
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Venue:   Online
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


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