Principal - Bundaberg Special School
Current Location: North Coast Regional Office
Professional Interests & Experiences: Foundation Schools, Special School Principal, Lead Principal, Executive Policy and Liaison Advisor.
QASEL contributions: Member since 2002, Former Vice-President, Key contributor to ECDP and Disability Royal commission Position Papers, Former host of "Ric Day Tonight"
Current Location: Geebung Special School
Professional Interests & Experiences: Age-appropriate Pedagogies including Walker Learning, DDG Principal Congress Member, Book week dress up champion.
QASEL contributions: Long term member since 2005, QASEL Submission to the Royal Commission.
Vice President (HOSES/DP Special ED)
Vice President (HOSES/DP Special Ed)
Current Location: Edens Landing State School
Professional Interests & Experiences: Developing positive relationships and high expectations for all learners; seek opportunities to collaborate with colleagues to continually improve practice; value the many experiences of being a team member..
QASEL contributions: Member since 2009, State Councillor since 2010, Contributor to the QASEL Constitution, long term QASEL Conference committee member.
Current Location: Ipswich West Special School
Professional Interests & Experiences: Developing the next school leaders, Regional Health, Safety and Wellbeing Representative, Teaching and Learning Branch, Manager C2C – English, mathematics, science and HASS (SWD), Head of Special Education Services across high school and P-12 locations
QASEL contributions: Long term member since 2006, State Councillor and Management Committee member
Immediate Past President
Immediate Past President
Professional Interests & Experiences: Empowering others, particularly women and persons living with disability. Influencing policy makers to make real social impact and real differences for all.
QASEL contributions: Former President and Life Member. Led a number of QASEL advocacy campaigns and initiatives and represented QASEL thorough a period of great change and opportunity, including the introduction of the Disability and Inclusion Branch and ADG role. Passionate about Principal Health and Well-being.
Head of Special Education
Head of Special Education Services
Current Location: Bundaberg West cluster
Professional Interests & Experiences: Inclusive practices, experience in special school, primary and high school settings.
QASEL contributions: member for over 10 years including as state councillor, management committee, resident heckler of the Mic Captain at QASEL CON
Current Location: Bundaberg Special School
Professional Interests and Experiences: School and System leadership; Coaching School Leaders; Inclusive Curriculum; Positive Behaviour for Learning; Positive School Culture
QASEL Contributions: Member since 1995: Management Committee since 1998; Past President: Past Treasurer; Life Member; Heritage-listed Special Ed fossil
Current Location: Woody Point Special School
Professional Interests & Experiences: Early Intervention, organisational wellbeing, positive education, student centred approach to pedagogy and engagement
QASEL contributions: QASEL member since 2008, State/ Regional Councillor 2010-2012, 2018-2020
Current Location: Wellington Point State School
Professional Interests & Experiences: adult learning, the intersection of professional standards and our practice in schools
QASEL contributions: Served on Management Committee since 2016, Conference MC since 2014, Service Award
Current Location: Red Hill Special School
Professional Interests & Experiences: Comprehensive Literacy Instruction for all, Inclusive Practices Advisory Group- Metro Region, firm belief that Special Educators transform Teaching & Learning so that SWD achieve lives of choice not chance.
QASEL contributions: Member since 2015, QASEL Presentations 2015- ‘Leading AAC implementation through Action Research- Master Teacher’ and 2016- ‘The power of an Instructional Coaching model to build capability from within.’
Beenleigh Special School
Current Location: Beenleigh Special School
Professional Interests & Experiences: Trauma-informed practice, senior schooling and post school pathways and building the capacity of aspiring leaders and teachers new to special education (not necessarily graduate teachers).
QASEL contributions: Member since 2005. During this time I have held positions on Executive - Secretary and Treasurer, Management Committee and Conference Committee.
Far North QLD
Current Role: HoSES
Current Location: Yarrabah State School K - Yr 10
Professional Interests & Experiences: QTU rep at area, state and conference levels over the years; member of QTU Special Education Committee at present
QASEL contributions: New member of QASEL, new Regional Councillor. Excite to see how I can contribute.
Current Role: Principal
Current Location: Burdekin School
Professional Interests & Experiences: NQR Health, Safety and Wellbeing team member, QASSP Student Services Chair, finding new ways for our kids to access, engage and achieve.
QASEL contributions: Member since 2016, QASEL Safe and Respectful Schools Roundtable representative, QASEL panel representative.
Current Role: Principal
Current Location: Rockhampton Special School
Professional Interests & Experiences: CQ Principal Forum, Building close relationships with neighbouring schools and working collaboratively for engaging students with disabilities.
QASEL contributions: Member for a few years now, QASEL Councillor, Representative on the Leadership pilot (dare to lead) and representative for safe and respectful school community roundtable.
Current Role: Deputy Principal Special Education
Current Location: Kepnock State High School
Professional Interests & Experiences: Creating an inclusive culture and awareness of diversity. Building networks and bringing colleagues together, staff and student well-being.
Creating a collaborative school and community mentoring partnership with Central Queensland University that will progress effective pedagogical practices, differentiated teaching and classroom management for pre-service teachers before they enter the classroom.
An opportunity for pre-service teachers to work with educators in the classroom, making links with pedagogy and receiving constructive feedback while also benefitting our staff through reflection and developing their own practices.
QASEL Contributions: Member since 2016 and Regional State Councillor.
Current Role: Deputy Principal
Current Location: Baringa State Primary School
Professional Interests & Experiences: Current QUT research student, Department of Education Able. Valuing All Abilities Steering Committee (co-chair), Department of Education Infrastructure Design and Technical Working Group (member), Queensland Teachers Union Special Education Committee (member).
QASEL contributions: Co-author 2020 QASEL response to Disability Standards Review.
Current Role: Principal
Current Location: Palmview State Special School
Professional Interests & Experiences: Early Intervention of AAC, Taught in the UK for 7 years, DP over three schools, more superhero outfits than suits.
QASEL contributions: Member since 2014, QASEL presenter at QASELcon, Always last to find a table at the QASELcon dinner.
Current Role: Acting Principal
Current Location: Claremont Special School
Professional Interests & Experiences: Experience across both Special School and Mainstream Settings. Parent and Communty Engagement. Student Learning and Well-being. Most Improved Christmas Dress Up Competition
QASEL contributions: First Time Regional Councillor. Part of the QASEL Communications A Team Strikeforce. Reluctant Dancer.
Current Location: Runcorn State High School
Professional Interests & Experiences: Long Serving Secondary School HOSES, Specialisation as a Teacher of the Deaf, Currently Junior Secondary Deputy Principal but still with a keen interest in special education.
QASEL contributions: QASEL Regional Councillor for 4 years
Current Location: Loganholme State School
Professional Interests & Experiences: Leader of inclusive education in rural and urban primary school contexts; working collaboratively across clusters to forge strong partnerships and support transitions; Positive Behaviour for Learning coach.
QASEL contributions: Member since 2019, State Councillor since 2021, member of HOSES sub-committee