World Teachers' Day Queensland 2021
Corey Gieskens and Kienan Wagner
Corey Gieskens is Head of STEM and Head of Industrial, Agriculture and Design Technology at Ferny Grove State High School. He is a qualified cabinet maker who became a teacher at 32.
Corey has been a teacher for more than 19 years and is passionate about inspiring students to be 21st century thinkers and lifelong learners. He hopes to one day teach alongside a student he has taught.
Kienan Wagner is a former student who credits Corey with igniting his passion for industrial design.
Kienan is a qualified drafter working in a career he loves.
Sara Condon and Patrick Robinson
Sara Condon is a Senior Religion teacher at Ambrose Tracey College. She has a Bachelor degree in Creative Writing and a post graduate degree in Education.
Sara has been teaching for 10 years and believes she has found her calling.
Patrick Robinson is a former student at Ambrose Tracey College. He graduated in 2019 and is currently studying Engineering at the University of Queensland.
Patrick believes the life lessons Sara modelled have helped shape him.
Maree Wimhurst and Scott Millar
Maree Wimhurst is a Year 6 English and Humanities teacher at Sheldon College who has been teaching for 18 years.
Maree encourages her students to believe in themselves, to challenge themselves and to develop a love of learning.
Scott Millar graduated in 2017. He is the CEO of BOP Industries – an education company that teaches primary and high school students about entrepreneurship, innovation and STEM.
Maree was Scott’s Year 3 teacher who recognised his entrepreneurial spark.
Supporting Queensland students
In recognition of Guidance officer week, Dominic Towler provides an insight into this unique career and explains why becoming a guidance officer was the best decision he has ever made. Dominic is a former classroom teacher, year level coordinator and head of year. He has been a guidance officer in Queensland state schools for more than 20 years.
Where teaching can take you
Listen to Queensland teachers talk about where teaching has taken them.
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.
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.
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.
World Teachers’ Day Queensland 2020
This podcast series celebrates Queensland’s extraordinary teachers. We talk to three diverse teachers from across the state about their love of teaching and the many different opportunities that teaching provides them.
Vanessa Stevens is a proud Mbabaram and Yidinji woman with 35 years experience in the education sector. Vanessa is currently lead principal (locally known as Lead Head of Campus) at Tagai State College in the Torres Strait. She supervises 5 remote island campuses and coaches and mentors teaching principals. Her experience includes time as a kindergarten supervisor, P–10 classroom teacher, coordinator of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education program at James Cook University, a lecturer in education, principal, curriculum developer, a reading recovery tutor and literacy and numeracy coach. She has worked in the state, Catholic and Independent education sectors. She is passionate about ensuring Indigenous perspectives are embedded in all tiers of education.
Dionne Juillard is head of curriculum (teaching and learning) and a teacher at Queensland independent school Brisbane Christian College. She is the school’s first accredited Lead Teacher. She has more than 10 years' teaching experience. Her previous roles include art teacher, literacy support teacher, year level coordinator and head of lower primary. Dionne believes it is important for a teacher to remember the Zulu saying 'Ubuntu', I am because we are. Dionne is passionate about giving back to the profession and coaching and mentoring other teachers to reach their full potential as an educator.
Daniel Allen is an early career music teacher at Padua College. He holds a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Voice Performance) from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University and a Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching (Secondary) from the University of Southern Queensland. He is also completing specialist music pedagogy Australia Kodaly Certificate (Secondary Classroom Music Specialist). Daniel is passionate about music—creating good music and creating better musicians.