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​Welcome to the Queensland Department of Education podcasts series. It features interviews with educators, researchers, and parents and looks at how the department is helping every Queensland student succeed. Each episode is under 20 minutes.

Listen to the podcasts on the links below or find the episodes on your favourite podcast host. The department uses a third party platform called Soundcloud for our podcasts.

Inspiring Queensland STEM professionals podcast series

This podcast series features interviews with Queensland STEM professionals doing incredible work that impacts the lives of all Queenslanders. We learn just how interesting and rewarding a career in STEM can be.

Professor George Mellick

Professor George Mellick is the Head of School, at the School of Environment and Science, Griffith University Nathan campus. Most notably, he is the lead in the Queensland Parkinson’s Project and a renowned clinical neuroscientist (seen on media such as ABC radio, TV news and current affair interviews, and TEDx sessions). Professor Mellick is a proud Queenslander who grew up in Mareeba on the Atherton tablelands in FNQ.

In this interview, Professor Mellick chats about the importance of STEM education for teachers and students. He explains how scientists need to work together at this critical time during the COVID-19 outbreak and in relation to his ground-breaking research at the Griffith Research Institute for Drug Discovery.

For more information about STEM as a career checkout the STEM Hub.

SoundCloud podcast Transcript (DOCX, 26KB)

Starting school—tips for parents

This podcast provides tips to parents on how best to prepare for their child’s move from Kindy to school. Queensland Creche and Kindergarten Association Kindy teacher Desley Jones, Prep teacher Maree Fredrickson and parent of two Iona Tait chat about what they believe can help make the move to school a successful one.

Iona Tait

Iona Tait is a mother of two young daughters both of which attend Queensland state schools and have transitioned from Kindy programs to Prep.

Desley Jones

Desley has over 33 years teaching experience in both state preschools and community kindergartens and has also worked as a preschool advisory teacher and private education consultant. Desley has formal qualifications in both education and psychology. She is currently Nominated Supervisor and fulltime teacher at Ballymore Kindergarten.

Maree Frederiksen

Maree has held a variety of roles including Prep Phase-in Teacher, Regional Prep Facilitator and Advisory Visiting Teacher. Most recently she has led the development of professional learning materials for the statewide implementation of age-appropriate pedagogies. She is currently a Prep Teacher and Team Leader at Nundah State School and is passionate about supporting children and their families in successfully transitioning to school.

Starting school—supporting families

This podcasts provides an insight into the changes families go through with the move from Kindy to school with the help of researcher Grant Webb.

Grant Webb

Grant is the principal adviser with the Early Childhood Education and Care Division of the Queensland Department of Education. He has an extensive background in education. He has been a teacher, principal of primary and secondary schools, worked in the university sector and was responsible for establishing the division of Early Childhood Education and Care in the Central Queensland region.

SoundCloud podcast Transcript (DOCX, 29KB)

Where teaching can take you

Listen to Queensland teachers talk about where teaching has taken them.

Serena Burnett

A science specialist, Serena’s love of teaching has taken her to one of Queensland’s most remote Indigenous community schools. As a teacher at Mornington Island State School in the Gulf of Carpentaria she has been able to live her passions for adventure, travel and conversation.

SoundCloud podcast Transcript (DOCX, 32KB)

Pree Jeewandara

Pree is a Science and Digital Technology teacher at Doomadgee State School. He has been teaching for a number of years, across various sectors and settings. He is enjoying the lifestyle of working and living in a remote community.

SoundCloud podcast Transcript (DOCX, 29KB)

Katrina Peall

Katrina is a primary school teacher at Ferny Grove State School and a graduate of Central Queensland University. A teacher for more than 22 years, Katrina has worked in several regions across the state, taught overseas, trained teachers in curriculum and been a small school principal.

SoundCloud podcast Transcript (DOCX, 32KB)

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Last updated
22 May 2020