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

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


Tony Hytch presents

Tony will present a session on getting students assessment ready for Essential English. Further details are on the flyer.

 

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 2nd May 2020
Venue:   Pimlico High School


Early Career Conference 2020: Diving Deep into Teaching

This event for teachers in their first firve years of teaching and those who are new to the teaching of English will submerge you in a new, colourful, and enchanting world where you can engage with your peers. it is also a 'not to be missed' event for preservice teachers.  For those who are interested in offering a presentati...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 9th May 2020
Venue:   To be confirmed


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