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Wendy Cody, President

Wendy has taught English in government secondary schools for over 40 years, mostly in the Perth metropolitan area. She has been Head of English for fifteen years and is, for the third time, back at Carine Senior High School, a large government school not far from the beach. Wendy has co-authored eight English text books and has worked for many years as a curriculum writer, WACE examination marker, syllabus committee chairperson/member and on ETAWA Council. She was elected President of ETAWA in 2005 and retained this position until 2016. Wendy is widely known across West Australian schools and has developed a strong reputation in her collaborations with the Department of Education, private education sectors and the School Curriculum and Standards Authority. Wendy's love of English began in primary school and since the age of nine she knew she would be an English teacher. Her passion for teaching has meant that she has chosen to remain in the classroom for her whole career.

Erika Boas, President Elect

Erika Boas is an Assistant Principal in charge of professional learning and staff coaching, as well as the head of English and literacy, at Ogilvie High School. She has been teaching for 16 years. Erika has served as TATE President since 2012 and edited the state journal, EduTATE, for six years. She has led professional learning across her state and has also regularly presented at state and national conferences. Erika has a passion for engaging students through inquiry-based pedagogies and she has authored a number of inquiry based units and sequences. She has co-authored a book for teachers with Professor Jeffrey Wilhelm titled, Inquiring Minds Learn to Read and Write. She has been involved in a number of state and national writing projects, including the writing of units aligned to Australian Curriculum: English and the co-editing of The Artful English Teacher.

Phil Page, Treasurer

An executive member of TATE since 1980 and Treasurer for much of that time, Phil is currently serving as TATE's part-time executive officer.

Teaching English in all regions of Tasmania throughout his career, but predominantly in socio-economically disadvantaged high schools in the south of the state, Phil has engaged in a broad range of teaching, curriculum and leadership roles, including over twenty years as a principal and assistant principal.

Patricia Dowsett, Commissioning Editor

Trish Dowsett is a teacher of English at St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls in Perth, Western Australia. She is co-editor of Interpretations, journal of the ETAWA. Trish has over ten years teaching experience and comes to the role of Commissioning Editor having recently co-edited Required Reading (Monash, 2017) with Tim Dolin (Curtin University) and Jo Jones (UTAS). In 2016 she completed her doctoral studies at the University of Western Australia. Her thesis examined the history of curricular control in senior secondary English in Western Australia, 1912-2012, a reflection of her interest in English subject and curriculum histories.

Anita Jetnikoff, Editor, English in Australia

Dr Anita Jetnikoff is the strand and unit coordinator and senior lecturer of English Curriculum Studies in the school of Curriculum in Education at QUT. She is the current editor of English in Australia 2016-2018. She has researched and published over several areas including Gender and Literacy, Media Education and English Curriculum; including multiliteracies and critical literacy’s relationship to literature, film and media; documentary video production and digital literacy and media applications in English; creative learning, creative pedagogy and the professional development and identity of teachers as well as English as an Additional Language. The unifying themes of identity and creative pedagogies weave through her teaching, service, research and publication work. Anita is a passionate educator, a poet, a documentary film maker and digital storyteller and has taught and written about video production as well as produced many video productions and vodcasts. Anita is the author of an original poetry collection, The scent of ancestral memory (2014) and co-author of Media Remix (2008).

Joanne Jones, Research, Policy and Initiatives Co-ordinator

Joanne Jones is a lecturer in English Studies in the Faculty of Education, University of Tasmania. She has a PhD from Curtin University on Australian historical novels and the History Wars. She has taught extensively at Curtin University and the University of Western Australia. At present, Jo is working on recent versions of Australian gothicism and local formations of literary canons.

Cara Shipp, State Delegate - ACTATE

Cara Shipp is an Aboriginal/Welsh educator and a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation (from Dubbo, NSW). She is passionate about the teaching of literacy and has completed her Masters in Education through Deakin University. Her most recent role was at Wanniassa School, ACT, from 2011-2016, where she was Executive Teacher, English/SOSE/Languages and Indigenous Programs. Cara is Executive Teacher, SOSE/Gifted and Talented Education/Indigenous Programs at Campbell High School, ACT. She is currently Secretary and incoming President for ACTATE.

Susan Gazis AM, State Delegate - ETANSW

Susan Gazis has been an English teacher and Head Teacher English in NSW schools for 19 years. She currently works for the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) as a senior policy officer in Professional Learning. Susan is the Treasurer of the English Teachers Association NSW (ETANSW). She has served on the ETANSW Council since 1992 as a councilor, Secretary, President and Treasurer. She has served on syllabus committees, chaired prescriptions committees and represented teaching associations on a range of boards, review groups and committees. She served as President of AATE in 2003-2004. Susan is also President of the Australian Professional Teachers Association (APTA) and a member of the Asia Education Foundation Advisory Board.

John Oakman, State Delegate - ETANT

John Oakman has been teaching in NT schools for over 25 years and is currently the President of ETANT. His roles in schools have included head of faculty, teacher in charge of the senior school, NCTE co-ordinator and currently he is a senior teacher at Casuarina Senior College in Darwin. He has been the moderator of year 10 and 11 English across the NT and he is currently a moderator for English Communications (SA/NT). He is passionate about the importance of professional development for teachers especially when there are so many small and isolated schools across the NT. He has been actively involved in promoting the partnership of DET and ETANT to improve the quantity and quality of PD offered to English teachers across the NT.​


Fiona Laing, State Delegate - ETAQ

Fiona Laing has taught English and Social Science at a range of Brisbane high schools, having trained at UQ (B. Arts) and QUT (Diploma of Teaching). Currently HOD English at Forest Lake State High School, she continues to find it very exciting to work with passionate teaching teams. The ETAQ committee has been one of those teams, whether it be organising state conferences or coming up with responses to issues facing teachers. She is the president of ETAQ as well as Queensland’s delegate to AATE.

Claire Jones, State Delegate - ETAWA

Claire has been involved in English education for over 15 years. Aside from being an experienced classroom teacher of English and Literature, she has also been a Head of English, a previous Chief Examiner of WACE English and also served as a Chief Marker of English in Western Australia for 5 years. She is currently completing doctorial research in Postnationalism and Australian Literature at the University of Western Australia, and during this process has also taught in English and Cultural Studies units and Education unit, at Curtin University, and worked as a research associate in the English and Cultural Studies department at the University of Western Australia. Claire has had work published in various journals and academic books, and has also written a number of teaching resources for ETAWA and the Reading Australia project. She currently serves as co-editor of Interpretations, the ETAWA’s academic journal.​

Alison Robertson, State Delegate - SAETA

Alison began teaching in rural SA in 1983 and has taught in a country, metropolitan, public and private schools as a classroom teacher and as an English Co-ordinator. She currently teaches at Wilderness School in Adelaide.

A member of SAETA Council for over 25 years, she is now President. Alison has edited a number of publications, including SAETA's quarterly newsletter and teacher resource books such as Great Ideas for English in the Senior Years. With an active interest in professional development and an enthusiasm for curriculum development, she convenes and presents workshops at SAETA’s annual Year 12 English Teachers Refresher Course and the Year 12 Exam Preparation Evening for students, and presents workshops at state and national conferences.

She has recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Neuroscience (Teaching and Learning) which has positively influenced her pedagogy and a number of her latest workshops.

Emma Jenkins, State Delegate - TATE

Emma is an English teacher in her fifth year, currently teaching at Mount Carmel College in Hobart. During this time she has taught Years 9 through to 12, and has been introduced to the world of middle school in 2017. Emma has been a member of TATE since 2015 and has found the collegiality, creativity and dynamism inspiring for her classroom pedagogy. Alongside English, Emma’s other classroom passion is History and she thoroughly enjoys teaching Australian history and Europe at war. Emma was selected as a teacher chaperone for the Tasmanian Government’s Frank MacDonald MM Memorial Prize study tour to World War One sites in France and Belgium in 2015/2016 and recently received a scholarship as part of the Gandel Holocaust Studies Program for Australian Educators to travel to Israel and study under world-class Holocaust lecturers and experts in the field of Holocaust education. Emma is enjoys looking for ways to naturally integrate her areas of interest and is looking forward to representing TATE through the AATE Council.

Timothy Nolan, State Delegate - VATE

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Wendy Rush, AATE General Manager

Wendy Rush manages the various activities at AATE's Adelaide property, English House, which is headquarters for several language and literacy associations. Nationally, Wendy is the point of contact for the eight state and territory English Teachers' Associations through their delegates to AATE and she acts as Executive Officer to the AATE Executive and National Council. With the support of Lucy Carberry and Jared van Abkoude, she manages all aspects of AATE business including finances, national conference support, copyright and permissions, web development, marketing, property and the AATE bookshop. She has over twenty years experience in professional association management, has international business qualifications and holds a BA in Communications (Media and Children's Literature) from the University of South Australia. Her personal interests and activities include publishing and community broadcasting.