Governance

Directors are elected from the membership at the AGM in accordance with the Constitution (below)


The Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA) is a not-for-profit national professional teaching association. The association was incorporated in 1982. PETAA is governed by a Board of Directors, who determine the organisation’s strategic direction and to whom the General Manager and operations team report.

Outside view of PETAA Offices - second floor to leftPETAA Board Directors 2019

Current PETAA Board Directors are:


Company Secretary: Kevin Peters

The Board comprises:

  • President
  • Two Vice Presidents
  • Four other Directors.

The term of office for elected directors is normally three years. From time to time Board appointments are made to fill a vacancy.

Pauline Jones, Ph.D. (UNSW)
President

Pauline Jones has over 20 years' experience as a tertiary teacher educator specialising in language and literacy research, curriculum and pedagogy. Having completed her PhD on oral language in 2005, Dr Jones' current research is in the use of student generated multimodal texts in Science, and language and literacy transitions across schooling years. Dr Jones has written extensively for teachers (in- and pre-service) in language and literacy and most recently completed co-editing of a book on dialogue in teaching and professional learning for the PETAA book — Talking the Talk.

Bronwyn Parkin

Bronwyn Parkin, PhD (University of Adelaide), Master of Education (UniSA)
Vice President

Bronwyn Parkin has 30 years' experience in supporting language and literacy teachers beginning in Aboriginal Education, remote and metropolitan through the South Australia Accelerated Literacy program focused on disadvantaged schools; through the recent PETAA research grants investigating academic language pedagogy with educationally marginalised students; and as a consultant working in disadvantaged contexts. Dr Parkin has been a member of the Literacy Education Advisory Committee of South Australian Department of Education.

Mardi Gorman

Mardi Gorman, Dip Teach (ACU), BEd (Ballarat Uni), MEd (Uni of Melb)
Director

Mardi Gorman is an experienced educator who has worked within a range of educational contexts both in Australia and overseas in New York and London. Mardi manages her own education consultancy in Melbourne, focusing on building educator’s pedagogical knowledge and instructional practice on effective literacy practice. She is part of the team who has developed the University of Melbourne’s Network of Schools project, where she plans and presents professional learning seminars, leads focus groups and supports schools in connecting research to the practicalities of school action planning and professional learning.

Mardi strongly believes that quality teachers and leaders remain pivotal to driving a positive impact on student learning. This drives her passion for, and focus on, professional learning for educators.

Therese Gawthorne

Therese Gawthorne, M Instr Lead (Uni Melb), M Ed (WSU), B Ed, Dip Teach (ACU)
Director

Therese has over 30 years’ experience as an educator in NSW primary schools, teaching all grades K-6 across rural and metropolitan settings, predominantly in schools of socio-economic disadvantage. She has held a range of leadership roles in schools for the last 20 years, with responsibility for leading teacher professional learning, particularly in aspects of literacy.

Therese is currently working as a Curriculum Advisor with the NSW Department of Education, where she enjoys the opportunity to build the capacity of teachers across a range of schools, continuously striving for excellence in improving student outcomes.

Board member Julie Hayes

Julie Hayes, BEd (University of South Australia)
Director

Julie has worked in schools as a teacher and leader, both here and in the UK, for nearly 35 years. She retired in 2019 having been Principal of Cowandilla Primary School in Adelaide for the past 16 years. Most of her career was spent in schools and preschools with high numbers of migrant and refugee children. Knowing the important role language plays in learning and social interaction in and out of school, Julie ensured her teachers were trained in and Accelerated Literacy and Systemic Functional Linguistics. Teachers need to be experts in order to help children construct highly effective oral, written and visual texts.

Julie has been an active member of state and national Principals’ associations and won the 2019 John Laing Award for her contribution to professional learning in South Australia.

Robyn Cox, PhD, M St Ed, Grad Dip Ed Stud, Dip Teaching
Director

Robyn is currently Associate Professor of English, Literacies and Language Education and Head of Department, Curriculum at University of New England. Robyn previously held appointments as Associate Professor in Literacy Education at Australian Catholic University and was Principal Lecturer at the University of Worcester, UK and a member of the executive committee of the United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA). Robyn is immediate past President of Primary English Teaching Association of Australia (PETAA) and a Director of the Alliance of Australian Associations of Education (AAAE). 

Robyn has also held positions at Universities in Australia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam. She is the author and editor of numerous books about teaching language and literacy in the Primary School and is the author of several international journal articles in the field of literacy research and has been involved in teacher education in four countries over a 20 year period.

Robyn is well known for her commitment to the development of a strong professional knowledge base in initial teacher education and remains dedicated to bringing accessible educational research and theory to teacher education students. Robyn’s interest also lies in teacher professional development. Robyn has sat on a number of expert panels and advisory groups for Federal and State government departments of Education. 

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Helen Kenworthy

Helen Kenworthy, Grad Dip (Applied Linguistics), BEd, Dip Ed Primary
Director

Helen has been an educator in Queensland for more than 30 years and is currently an Assistant Regional Director for Queensland Department of Education and Training.

Helen is very passionate about her work and strives to make a difference in the lives of the students in all her schools. She is an instructional leader working closely with leadership teams and teachers in implementing the Australian Curriculum, developing a deep understanding of effective practices in the teaching of reading and writing, and using data to ensure every student is learning.

Timothy Warwick

Timothy Warwick BA Arts/Law (UQ), MA teach (University of Melbourne)
Director

Tim Warwick is the Acting Principal at Gowrie St Primary School in Shepparton. Earlier in his career, he taught Legal Studies and Humanities at Wanganui Park Secondary College. Tim has led and supported a number of Indigenous education and cultural awareness strategies which have been launched in schools across the Murray Goulburn Valley region. He was the Project Co-ordinator for the Kaiela Dhungala First Peoples Curriculum and is on the boards of Ganbina and Boundless, two organisations aimed at supporting the aspirations of our young people.



Constitution

The Primary English Teaching Association Australia Limited (ACN 002 557 075) is a not-for-profit company with income and assets applied solely to the objects of the company. It is a company limited by guarantee with no share capital.

Founded in 1972, the Association was incorporated in 1982 as the Primary English Teaching Association. Members voted to change its company name to the Primary English Teaching Association Australia Limited in May 2012.The constitution was most recently amended in May 2015.

The company’s operations are governed by its Constitution. The Constitution outlines the aims of the Primary English Teaching Association Australia Limited and the rules governing how the company functions and specifies:

  • objects of the company
  • membership and members' rights
  • the calling and business of Meetings
  • the election, role and responsibilities of the Board of Directors
  • administration and general business

Annual reports

PETAA Annual Report 2018 (.pdf 9.5 MB)

PETAA Annual Report 2017(.pdf 9 MB)

PETAA Annual Report 2016 (.pdf 3.1 MB)

PETAA Annual Report 2015 (.pdf 718 kB)

PETAA Annual Report 2014 (.pdf 414 kB)