Executive

Michael Brett

Principal - Bundaberg Special School

President

Ric Day

Ric Day

President

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"

Vice President

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Andrew Thompson

Vice President

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Vice President

Ray Hack

Ray Hack

Vice President

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)

Karen Collishaw

Karen Collishaw

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.

Secretary

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Susan Christensen

Secretary

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Treasurer

Renae Somerville

Renae Somerville

Treasurer

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

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Roselynne Anderson

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

Steve Leese

Steve Leese

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  

Principal

Michael Brett

Michael Brett

Principal

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

Aspley Special School

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Ches Hargreaves

Principal

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Western Suburbs Special School

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Tracy Cronin

Acting Principal

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Acting Principal

Bronwyn Paxton

Bronwyn Paxton

Acting Principal

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

Acting Principal

Simone Coogan

Simone Coogan

Acting Principal

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   

Mitchelton Special School

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Sarah Lockwood

Principal

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Principal

Rachel Dougherty

Principal

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.’

Ipswich Special School

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Robert McDowall

Principal

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Beenleigh Special School

Nicole Rouen

Principal

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.  

Management

Regional Councillors

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Gay Flynn

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.  

Claire Cheyne

Claire Cheyne

North QLD

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.  

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Jenny McLeod

Central QLD

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Erin King

Central QLD

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.

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Glenn Gatehouse

Darling Downs South West

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Lynne Madle

North Coast

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.

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Janet Humphreys

North Coast

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Sheldon Boland

North Coast

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.

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Nicholas Alexander

North Coast

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. 

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Belinda Russell

North Coast

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Alastair Hanna

Metropolitan

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.  

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Tony Egan

Metropolitan

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

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Kate Eldridge

South East

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Angela Armstrong

South East

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