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

Masterclass - Unit 4

Our second Masterclass, and the final in our Vision 2020 series, will provide targeted and specific knowledge for Unit 4 of the new QCE English syllabuses English, Literature, English as an Additional Language, and Essential English. English teachers will work with a variety of experts, academics and peer practitioners. Participants will rece...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 20th October 2018
Venue:   QUT, Kelvin Grove
Phone Enquiries:   0455 464 000
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


From the Physical to the Intellectual

Kathleen Macdonald is presenting From the Physical to the Intellectual on Saturday 20th October, 2018 at Ryan Catholic College from 9:00 to 11:30am. This will be an extended version of the workshop Kathleen is presenting at the State Conference on 18 August. All the details are available here.   ...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 20th October 2018
Venue:   Ryan Catholic College
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Beginning Teachers Day

The Beginning Teachers Day this year will be held on Saturday 27 October at University of South Queensland (USQ) Springfield campus, 37 Sinnathamby Blvd, Springfield Central. The Date Claimer and Call for Presenters is available now. Further information on the program is available here This day is designed to meet the needs of pre-ser...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   10:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 27th October 2018
Venue:   Springfield Campus of USQ
Phone Enquiries:   0455 464 000
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Townsville Breakfast Book Club

Grace Loyden is organising a series of Breakfast Book Clubs starting at 9:00 am on: Sunday 11 February - Burial Rites by Hannah Kent Sunday 21 April - The White Earth by Andrew McGahan Sunday 5 August - Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood Sunday 28 October - We are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler ...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Sunday 28th October 2018
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Venue:   Jam Corner Restaurant


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English Educator of the week

Rachael Christopherson
Brisbane Girls Grammar School

Number of years teaching:
25.  12 years at BGGS

Where else have you taught?
St Edmund's College, Ipswich (all boys)
Mt Alvernia College, Kedron (all girls)
Downlands College, Toowoomba (co-ed boarding with Ag Studies programme)

 

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