MLTAQ Executive Committee

MLTAQ Executive Committee

Lester Ford

Lester Ford

State President

president@mltaq.asn.au

Secondary teacher, 21 years; 12 as Languages HOD, teaching Years 8-12. Set up 8 school cluster, introducing languages to Years 5-7 in early 90s.

18 years at QBSSS/QSA/QCAA advising senior teachers on languages syllabus implementation, assessment design and moderation/QA processes.

9 years Honorary Associate Professor, School of Languages and Cultures, UQ.

Concurrently & continuing, UQ course coordinator & lecturer, Languages Curriculum Studies since 2004; ACU lecturer-in-charge, Languages Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment (online) since 2017.

Interest: Initial teacher education, support for early career teachers, languages resources.

Dr Florence Boulard

Dr Florence Boulard

Vice-President

vicepresident@mltaq.asn.au

Florence has experienced teaching students aged 3 to 86 years old. Her teaching, research and engagement work focuses on developing Pacific mindedness. An academic at James Cook University and a mother of two children, Florence aims for a healthy work-life balance and makes sure she spends quality time with her family.

Interest: Discovering new places and meeting new people, world cuisines, Pacific and Asian Languages, International Education, Exploring the ocean

Nathan Williams

Nathan Williams

State Secretary

secretary@mltaq.asn.au

Nathan began his career in the federal Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) where he worked in the APS for a few years, prior to coming to teaching as a Japanese teacher, and has experience in both state & catholic education in Central Queensland and South East Queensland.

He is passionate about developing opportunities for teachers’ professional development and networking, with a particular interest in quality pedagogy.

Interest: TPRS, Politics, International Relations

Helen Gray

Helen Gray

Treasurer

treasurer@mltaq.asn.au

Helen has experience as a teacher of French in Prep to Senior, and as a Languages and middle schooling university curriculum facilitator. Her experience includes advocacy, chaperoning, project delivery, AITSL assessing, curriculum consultation, immersion and grant reporting relating to Languages and intercultural education at an international, national and state level. Helen has been a member of the MLTAQ executive since 2019 and is currently the State Treasurer.

Joanne Aaron

Joanne Aaron

Inservice Officer
Network Convenor - Central Queensland

inservice@mltaq.asn.au
mltaqconvenorcentralqueensland@gmail.com

Joanne has been teaching Japanese in the Central Queensland area for over 25 years and is passionate about supporting regional Languages teachers.

Interest: Joanne loves reading and all things Japanese!

Helen Best

Helen Best

Membership Officer

membership@mltaq.asn.au

Helen has been the membership registrar and webmaster for the MLTAQ for many years. She taught French Japanese and German at several schools for many years and is now retired from teaching

Itin Hadijah

Itin Hadijah

Branch President - Peninsula

mltaqpresidentpeninsula@gmail.com

Itin has been involved in MLTAQ activities in the FNQ region since 2011. She pioneered an online speaking competition for Indonesian language, giving students in small regional schools the opportunity to showcase their skills.

Interest: Good food & good conversation!

Erin Peters

Erin Peters

Branch President - French

mltaqpresidentfrench@gmail.com

Erin is a teacher of French between years 7-12 and has been an active member of the MLTAQ since 2016.

Interest: Erin is passionate about languages, is a beekeeper, a dog owner and a travel enthusiast. How fun would it be to travel to France with Erin as your guide!

Paula Hay

Paula Hay

Branch President - German

mltaqpresidentgtb@gmail.com

Paula is currently an itinerant primary school teacher (servicing three schools) with 36 years experience. She began her teaching career in 1986 as a secondary school teacher, before moving across to the primary sector. Paula has been a member of MLTAQ Inc for 40 years, serving as the German convenor for the Network before establishing the German Branch in 2005. She is now a Life Member of the MLTAQ Inc.

Paula’s major contribution to the energising of the teaching of German is as the organiser of the Student Oktoberfest since 1987, now known as the Oktoberfest for Teens since 2008. She also coordinates and organises a range of inservice workshops and seminars for teachers of Queensland as well as interstate teachers in her role as a Multiplikatorin (train the trainer) for the Goethe Institut Australien.

Interest: Singing and dancing, Anything and everything German!, Travelling to Germany!, Developing resources for the teaching of languages/German

Alison Law

Alison Law

Branch President - Sunshine Coast

mltaqpresidentsc@gmail.com

Alison is an accomplished educator with over 25 years of experience teaching Japanese across all year levels of high school and primary school in regional, rural and remote Queensland. Alison received an Australia Day award for her ground-breaking work in distance education on the Virtual Schooling Project.

Interest: Alison enjoys spending time with her family, planning her next overseas holiday and when she is not teaching or MLTAQ-ing, you might find her cruising the boulevards of the Sunshine Coast on her Vespa.

Dr. Leigh Kirwan

Dr. Leigh Kirwan

Branch President - Gold Coast

mltaqpresidentgc@gmail.com

Dr Leigh Kirwan once taught French and Japanese at Palm Beach - Currumbin SHS, but has been a lecturer in Japanese at Griffith University for 32 years. He has also studied Italian, Spanish and Chinese. He is ‘Mr Speech Contest’ and is an authority on taking student tours to Japan

Interest: Leigh loves planning student tours to Japan! 

Alexander Walsh

Alexander Walsh

Network Convenor - Japanese

mltaqconvenorjapanese@gmail.com

My name's Alexander and I am one of the Japanese Network Convenors. I worked as a secondary school Japanese teacher for about 8 years before returning to university to pursue post-graduate studies. Currently, I am researching the use and influence of kanji on Japanese literacy skills in Japanese bilingual education programs and standard language programs in Queensland schools.

Interest: Bilingual education; music, arts, and culture; martial arts; slowly teaching myself Korean; visiting Japan - Hokkaido is my go-to destination. 

Clara Liu

Clara Liu

Network Convenor - Chinese

mltaqconvenorchinese@gmail.com

Originally from Shanghai, China, I have been calling Brisbane home since 2013. I was working as a freelance Mandarin interpreter before I was properly trained to be a language teacher. Outside of school, I enjoy going to the movies, road trips, shopping and spending time with family and friends.

Interest: Foodie, Dance & Hiking

Esther Dohijo

Esther Dohijo

Network Convenor - Spanish (Co-Convenors)

mltaqspanishconvenor@gmail.com

Born and bred in Madrid, Spain. After completing a PGCE in Spanish in the University of London, worked in secondary schools and colleges in Britain before moving to Australia.

Interest: Passionate about teaching her language and sharing the culture from Spanish speaking countries with students. She has worked in some of the top public schools in Brisbane for the last 10 years. She has a long experience as examiner for international examination boards. Together with Beatriz, she co-hosts "Español se escribe con ñ" a monthly programme in Radio 4EB and runs the MLTAQ Spanish Facebook page. Interest: travelling and spending times with her kids.

Beatriz Gil

Beatriz Gil

Network Convenor - Spanish (Co-Convenors)

mltaqspanishconvenor@gmail.com

I'm Beatriz and I am from Soria, a beautiful town near Madrid, Spain. I worked previously as an ESL teacher, but soon after arriving in Australia, I found my passion for teaching my native language. Since then, I have enjoyed teaching Spanish in a variety of settings, from kindy to primary schools, secondary students, and adults.

Interest: During my free time, I compete in triathlons and powerlifting meets, or I just sail for fun. I am an active member of The Australian Spanish Socio-Cultural Association, collaborating in the celebration of different cultural events that bring Spanish culture closer. Esther (Spanish co-convenor) and I are also the broadcasters of "Español se escribe con ñ", a monthly programme focused on the teaching and learning of Spanish and the language itself, in radio 4EB.

Mark Ivory

Mark Ivory

Network Convenor - Townsville

mltaqconvenortownsville@gmail.com

My name is Mark Ivory and I am a Japanese teacher and am the Network Convenor for Townsville. I became interested in Japanese from growing up in Papua New Guinea and finding some of the WW2 relics and stories about the Japanese army and their efficiency and tenacity. I wanted to see an MLTAQ presence in Townsville because we have a great group of talented language teachers, and it makes sense to help one another to make our teaching easier. One of my students drew this caricature of me.

Interest: My interests are: music, movies (sci-fi, action, comedy, real life), martial arts (retired but still interested), camping, fishing, walking, outdoors, exploring, and technology.  I think the best part about Japan is the sense of pride in one's work and attention to detail, and the people.

Fi Hudghton

Fi Hudghton

Network Convenor - Indonesian

mltaqconvenorindonesian@gmail.com

Fi Hudghton began her working career as a registered nurse and moved into languages education later in life. She has now been teaching Indonesian for over 20 years and is Head of Department Languages and International Programs at Ferny Grove State High School.

She is passionate about all languages, cultures and health care. She has been fortunate to put all these passions into practise working in a public hospital in Semarang, Central Java.

She is currently working with colleagues in the Balai Bahasa dan Budaya Indonesia Queensland (Indonesian language and culture house Queensland) on re-invigorating Indonesian language teaching in Queensland.

Interest: Gym, walking, reading, CLIL pedagogy, languages, cultures, health care.

Connie Lammertsma

Connie Lammertsma

Network Convenor - Italian

mltaqconvenoritalian@gmail.com

Connie is a teacher of the Italian language in Brisbane and for over 30 years has worked in schools across Brisbane in mainstream education and languages education with experience in the Catholic, independent, state and adult education systems. She has sat on various Languages Curriculum Review groups and was a pioneer of CLIL in Italian in primary schooling. Professionally, Connie is proactive and welcomes collaboration and innovation for the best possible outcomes for all.

Interest: Connie enjoys implementing the latest languages pedagogy but most of all loves spending time with her family, extended family and friends.

Dr Florence Boulard

Wide Bay Convenor

Network Convenor - Wide Bay

mltaqconvenorwidebay@gmail.com

This position is currently vacant.  If interested, please email secretary@mltaq.asn.au

Jaime Nakahara

Jaime Nakahara

Network Convenor - Darling Downs & South-West

mltaqconvenorDDSW@gmail.com

Jaime Nakahara worked as a translator specialising in the biomedical field before becoming a secondary teacher of science and Japanese. She works in the western corridor of Brisbane and is passionate about opening up language and culture opportunities for students, pre-service teachers and beginner teachers in this area.

Beau Pett

Beau Pett

Network Convenor - CCLT

mltaqconvenorcclt@gmail.com

Beau is a Japanese teacher working in Central Queensland at Gladstone SHS. Beau has been the CCLT convenor since 2019. He has a passion for comprehensible input methods and research based language pedagogy. Beau also helps to manage many of the MLTAQ social media accounts. 

Interest: Bonsai and Language Pedagogy

Dr. Simone Smala

Dr. Simone Smala

Network Convenor - CLIL

mltaqconvenorclil@gmail.com

Dr. Simone Smala is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Queensland. She is a German Teacher with experience as itinerant LOTE teacher in primary schools in the early 1990s and from 1993 as a secondary German Teacher at Ferny Grove State High School. in 2005, she moved into the university sector and since then has been teaching and researching in the field of general teacher education, with a focus on Educational Psychology.  She designed and now coordinates and lectures the course "Multilingualism and Education", a core course in the UQ primary education program focussed on EAL/D learners. Her research is based in second language teaching methodologies, Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), bilingual and immersion education, and social media in education.

Interest: She has an emerging interest in Artificial Intelligence and Education. Simone is a member of the German Honorary Consul's Roundtable for the German Language and co-coordinates the Facebook page "German Australian Bilingual Children".

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