COVID-19 DIARY – INTERVIEW WITH BILL MCCLINTOCK, OAM AVAILABLE AT QUEENSLAND COLLEGE OF TEACHERS

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August 27

Thursday.

During my secondment with the Media Team at my main employer I was fortunate enough to interview teacher and retired Principal Bill McClintock who had made an enquiry that was forwarded by a wise staff member to media.

Bill was a wonderful man to interview, someone who talked warmly of people he had remained in contact with since retiring and took joy in the world and its people. I could not help but see a link between a boy who had been confined to his house at times due to asthma growing up who had gone on to travel and see the world, and furthermore bring education to the remotest corners of Queensland and the south island of New Zealand and the students there. 

He retired in the early 1990s after twenty years working as a Principal before embarking on a “retirement” career that displayed best some of the possibilities that continued teacher registration grants. A recipient of the Order of the Australia Medal, he is still registered today, and still involved in the community.

You can read his story here https://www.stories.qct.edu.au/post/bill-mcclintok

To get to talk to such wonderful teachers and write about them will always be a great privilege for me.

-Lloyd Marken

INTERVIEW WITH DR JUDITH GRIMES, OAM AVAILABLE AT QUEENSLAND COLLEGE OF TEACHERS

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Last month I was given the opportunity to use and develop my skills as a freelance writer where I currently work in my ‘day job’. An opportunity that I am very grateful for and presented with it a lot of different ways to grow and learn from some very experienced people.

Over the course of one day I interviewed three remarkable individuals who were recently awarded the Order of Australia Medal on Australia Day, 2019. All three are, or were, teachers and I interviewed them to promote the profession and to highlight their achievements. The three interviews have now been edited and published on the Queensland College of Teachers website.

The third interview of that day was with Dr Judith Grimes, OAM and can be found here.

The citation for her OAM can be found here on the Australian Honours website.

The Order of Australia Medal is often awarded for service to community over several years and often with volunteer organisations. Judy Grimes is a scientist, historian and teacher who has had a large impact on the various communities she has served. It was great to talk to her and share some of her story.

You can read many more stories of such individuals on the QCT website.

-Lloyd Marken

INTERVIEW WITH KATHYRN GEORGE, OAM AVAILABLE AT QUEENSLAND COLLEGE OF TEACHERS

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Last month I was given the opportunity to use and develop my skills as a freelance writer where I currently work in my ‘day job’. An opportunity that I am very grateful for and presented with it a lot of different ways to grow and learn from some very experienced people.

Over the course of one day I interviewed three remarkable individuals who were recently awarded the Order of Australia Medal on Australia Day, 2019. All three are, or were, teachers and I interviewed them to promote the profession and to highlight their achievements. The three interviews have now been edited and published on the Queensland College of Teachers website.

The second interview was with Kathryn George, OAM and can be found here.

The citation for her OAM can be found here on the Australian Honours website.

The Order of Australia Medal is often awarded for service to community over several years and often with volunteer organisations. Kathryn George created with others a school marching band that has performed all around the world. Perhaps more importantly she has inspired and improved the learning of countless individual students through her passion for music. It was a privilege and a joy to get to speak to her.

You can read many more stories of such individuals on the QCT website.

-Lloyd Marken

INTERVIEW WITH KEITH GRAHAM, OAM AVAILABLE AT QUEENSLAND COLLEGE OF TEACHERS

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I am lucky enough to be a freelance writer, whenever asked about it I am at pains to express that it is merely a side gig – one for which I am very grateful. My regular job is working in office administration and recently I was given the opportunity to build upon some of the skills I’ve accumulated in my ‘other job’ in my day job. An opportunity that I am very grateful for and presented with it a lot of different ways to grow and learn from some very experienced people.

Over the course of one day I interviewed three remarkable individuals who were recently awarded the Order of Australia Medal on Australia Day, 2019. All three are, or were, teachers and I interviewed them to promote the profession and to highlight their achievements. Over the past two weeks, two of the interviews have been edited and published on the Queensland College of Teachers website.

The first was with school principal Keith Graham and can be found here.

The citation for his OAM can be found here on the Australian Honours website.

The Order of Australia Medal is often awarded for service to community over several years and often with volunteer organisations. Keith Graham has been making a difference for a long time and it was a privilege to interview him. You can read many more stories of such individuals on the QCT website.

-Lloyd Marken