Deputy Director-General, State Schools Block QuotePatrea WaltonAs Deputy Director-General of State Schools, Patrea’s big picture achievements are extensive — from leading statewide consultation processes ahead of major reforms such as the move of Year 7 to secondary school in 2015; to more recently leading the increase in the number of Year 12 students achieving the Queensland Certificate of Education and being responsible for school improvement in 1,236 state schools across Queensland. Page Image Page ContentHer broad school and policy experience is also shaping the successful development of programs and frameworks within the State Schools Division while encouraging innovation, empowerment and collaboration to lift performance in all Queeensland state schools.Patrea’s passion for education, strong desire to make a difference, and pragmatic approach to policy development have been welcomed on numerous respected education boards such as the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority, and the Asia Education Foundation. Patrea commenced her career as a secondary teacher in the small rural town of Surat, 450 kilometres west of Brisbane. Working as a teacher, Head of Department, and then a Deputy Principal for a number of years, Patrea took on her first principal role at Glenala State High School, followed by Corinda State High School. Her interest in curriculum took her to the role of CEO of the Queensland Studies Authority before returning to DoE as Deputy Director-General, State Schools.