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The 2019 TEACHX Awards are to be held on the 23rd of October and will recognise some of the most outstanding teachers working in the profession across Queensland. The event is run by the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) who have received over 200 nominations across six categories.

In the lead up to the event, the media arm of QCT is publishing pieces on all the nominees and I have been most fortunate to be placed on secondment in their area to write some of these.

I previously posted about the first category of nominees to be published on the QCT website – the 15 nominees for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Award.

The next category published was the Innovation in Teaching Award of which there are 23 nominees, 12 of which I wrote the pieces for. They are as follows: Adam Juang, Amanda Kelk, Catherine Wilson, Elizabeth Wilson, Helen Spanos, Jacinda Kontoleon, Kiri Pearce, Nicole ChristianPenelope Couch, Rebecca Goodes, Theo Skordilis and Wendy Goldston.

The event is a huge undertaking requiring strong project management to prepare for the event and have it run smoothly on the night. Like all things done by this team, it is done to recognise some of the great work that teachers are doing and to help elevate the profession. Being called upon to write full time, pieces that support these aims is a dream come true for me.

The people I’m working with are experienced, talented and extremely hard working and I’m doing my best to learn as much as possible from them. Case in point is the design work you see above which was done by one of my colleagues for the event.

Feel free to check them out and comment on what you liked. All 23 have made an extraordinary contribution to bettering the education of students.

-Lloyd Marken


  1. Congratulations, Lloyd, on this special assignment, and how very inspiring it must have been for you to learn about these ambitious, motivated change-makers. I read two of the overviews, and each individual was so different but equally impressive. This must’ve been quite a feat to interview and highlight 12 of them! Thanks for sharing the inspiration.

    1. Thank you Jet for reading. It has been wonderful to work these past few weeks full time writing with a talented hard working bunch of professionals. The nominated teachers are truly inspiring. My favourite category was the Outstanding Contributors to Teaching. We will be publishing four more categories and I have currently written over 100 stories. Thank you once again.

    1. Thank you Don, they certainly are an impressive group of people. I have a soft spot in particular for the Outst sending Contribution to Teaching category because often it reflects a lifetime of dedication. Lena Saunders, for example, a nominee in that category has been teaching for 57 years and still going strong.

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