Peter Botsman Award 2010

Leone McKeehan

 

Leone McKeehan began teaching in the early 1970s and has taught in New South Wales and the Northern Territory as well as in Queensland. Over her career she has assumed a variety of roles in schools. As well as being a classroom English teacher she has also, at various times, been a music teacher and a learning support teacher. In recent years she has been Head of Department for English, ESL and International Students at Urangan State High School. In addition, she is currently an Education Queensland Literacy Coach for her district.

Leone’s energy, professionalism and quality teaching are acknowledged and highly respected by her colleagues and the pre-service teachers who are fortunate enough to be mentored by her. She takes a particular interest in nurturing young teachers in her department and promoting productive collegiality.

She enthusiastically engages in a range of English-related extra-curricular activities such as writing and debating competitions. Her passion for teaching and generous commitment to her students is such that she has been known to volunteer her personal time to conduct Sunday English tutorials.

Her love for English teaching is obvious and infectious and she relishes the opportunities that it provides for unlocking the creativity of young people, engaging students in appreciating the complexities of being human, and guiding and encouraging them to express opinions confidently and articulately.

This award is primarily made to recognize Leone’s contribution to quality English teaching within her own school but it also acknowledges the key role that she has played in the recent formation of a new ETAQ branch in the Wide Bay area. The successful establishment of this new branch is due in no small measure to her reputation, her diligent networking and her commitment to the professional development of her colleagues throughout the area. ETAQ is fortunate indeed that this exemplary educator has been prepared to serve as the inaugural President of the Wide Bay Branch.

Her contributions to quality English teaching both in her own school and beyond make Leone McKeehan a very deserving recipient of this award.

Upcoming Events

Grace Loyden & the new SATE

Grace Loyden will present a session on a aspects of the new SATE at Townsville Grammar School on Saturday 28th July 2018, starting at 9:00 am. Cost is $20 which is to be paid by the website. Download the flyer for all the details. ...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 28th July 2018
Venue:   Townsville Grammar School
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 5th August 2018
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Venue:   Jam Corner Restaurant


State Conference 2018

State Conference in 2018 will address the theme Vision 2020: Seeing the future of English Teaching. Keynote speakers: Samuel Wagan Watson is an award-winning Indigenous poet and professional raconteur. Born in Brisbane in 1972, he is of Munanjali, Birri Gubba, German and Irish descent. Samuel's first collection of poems won the 19...

Category:   State Conference
Start Time:   8:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 18th August 2018
Venue:   Lourdes Hill School
Phone Enquiries:   0455 464 000
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Masterclass - Unit 4

This event will provide participants with the opportunity to explore the syllabus for semester 4 in detail. English and Literature will be offered on Day One; English will be repeated on DayTwo together with EALD and Essential English. Participants may register for one day or both. Program will be available on Thursday 13 September. R...

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


Beginning Teachers Day

The Beginning Teachers Day this year will be held on Saturday 27 October at University of South Queensland (USQ) Springfield campus. This day is designed to meet the needs of pre-service teachers, those in their first five years of teaching and more experienced teachers who are new to teaching English. The program will be available on...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 27th October 2018
Venue:   Springfield Campus of USQ
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


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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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