Tuesday 12 February 2019

New Queensland College of Teachers Director announced

After a national and international search, the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Director, Deanne Fishburn.

Ms Fishburn will commence in the role from May 7.

The Queensland registered teacher, who is an influential national leader in teacher regulation in Australia, led the implementation of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers in Queensland.

Currently the QCT Executive Manager (Professional Standards), Ms Fishburn also led the implementation of the national standards and procedures for the accreditation of initial teacher education programs across the state.

Ms Fishburn’s collaborative leadership style has brought the state’s school and university sectors closer together to better align teacher education programs with the needs of schools.

QCT Board Chair Emeritus Professor Wendy Patton said Ms Fishburn’s appointment had been unanimously endorsed by the Board.

“I am confident that under Ms Fishburn ’s leadership, the QCT will continue as a national leader within the teacher quality and regulation arena,” Professor Patton said.

Ms Fishburn said she was greatly committed to the teaching profession and looked forward to progressing the work of the QCT with stakeholders.

Current QCT Director John Ryan first announced he would be stepping down from the role last year, after more than a decade of distinguished service.

Mr Ryan congratulated Ms Fishburn on her appointment.

“Ms Fishburn has the extensive knowledge, skills and values required to perform the role,” Mr Ryan said.

“She has taught in rural and metropolitan schools and understands the importance of supporting teachers throughout their career,” he said.

“Ms Fishburn has enormous respect and admiration for the work of teachers and will continue to work tirelessly to improve public confidence in the teaching profession.”