Council and Life Members

The ETAWA council consists of four executive and 10 council members. All members on council are volunteers.

ETAWA Council Executive

Claire Jones

  • Claire qualified as a secondary English and History teacher in 2001. In more recent years, Claire has been teaching in the tertiary sector, having taught Literary and Cultural Studies courses at Curtin University and now specialising in Literary Studies and Creative Writing at The University of Western Australia. She has also been a WACE and ATAR examiner of the English and Literature courses and has served as Chief Marker for both of these courses. Claire is also the Chief Investigator on The Big Picture Project: Subject English across Secondary and Tertiary Education in WA, a joint project between UWA and ETAWA.

Melanie Hindley

  • Melanie is a highly experienced educator who has taught English in regional and metropolitan Western Australia in both government and independent sectors.
    She holds a PHD based on research into curriculum leadership.
    Melanie is currently teaching and coordinating English programmes at Hale School, writes for educational publications and regularly presents at state and national conferences to share and grow her expertise in the teaching of English to young people.

Rod Quin

  • Rod Quin was a secondary English teacher for over thirty years. He also worked as a curriculum writer and policy officer for the Department of Education, as well as education policy adviser to two Ministers for Education. He was Supervising Examiner of the WACE English examination for six years, a WACE examination marker for thirty years and lecturer or tutor in education at all four public universities in Western Australia. He is author or co-author of twenty books for teachers and students of English. Now retired, he continues to be active in the English teaching community.

Hugh Rayner


Council Members

Bree Hansen

  • Bree Hansen is a senior school English and Literature teacher at Shenton College and has been an ETA Council Member since 2018. She has a Masters in International Education Policy from the University of Melbourne and has employed the skills and knowledge attained through this study in both her role as an Engagement Consultant for Statewide Services at the Department of Education and in her teaching roles across both private and public education. Her passion lies in developing critical and creative thinking in young people and sharing her love of reading and the endless search for social justice through deconstructing and analysing texts. As a council member she extends this passion to English teachers across the state, namely through the collaborative design and coordination of both the 2019 and 2020 State Conference. Bree is a Level 3 Classroom Teacher, a member of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority Literature Course Advisory Committee, a previous ATAR English WACE marker and EST marker, a Teacher Development School Coordinator and has presented on the value of Literature at the National Conference. Bree consistently seeks new ways to develop her own knowledge and skills and to contribute to the teaching community.

Claire Burton

  • Claire Burton is a senior school English Teacher at Shenton College. Claire has experience developing, resourcing, teaching and assessing English programs and has been the coordinator for the Year 11 and Year 12 ATAR English courses. Her role at Shenton has diversified to include Year Leader, supporting the social, emotional and academic needs of a cohort, and Academic Programs Coordinator for Gifted and Talented Education. Currently, Claire’s role as the Academic Partnerships Coordinator involves working with tertiary institutions and other community groups to offer academic and extra-curricular opportunities for Shenton College students. Claire has been a member of the ETAWA council since 2016 and has coordinated and delivered numerous ETAWA Professional Learning opportunities.

Jenny Miraudo

  • Jenny Miraudo is the Leader of Learning for the English Department at Newman College and is a council member of the English Teachers Association of WA. With a Master’s degree in Curriculum Design and Assessment, her passion is designing meaningful teaching and learning programs that closely reflect syllabus priorities. She is also dedicated to engaging with fellow English teachers, which includes mentoring Early Career Teachers across all sectors and supporting teachers who are interested in career progression. Jenny has presented at national and state conferences and has contributed to three editions of the Good Answers guide for ATAR English.

Josefine Wang

  • Josefine Wang is a research officer at UWA and the Professional Development Officer for the English Teachers Association of WA. She is currently working on the Big Picture Project at UWA investigating the connections between secondary and tertiary English and Literature, as well as creative writing pedagogies. Prior to this she worked in the secondary education sector as an English teacher, focusing particularly on ATAR English and student engagement. Even though she does not work in the secondary context anymore, Josie is still an active member of the education community and continues to coordinate and deliver professional development for secondary English teachers across WA.

Lisa Mack

  • Lisa Mack is in her 19th year of teaching English in Western Australia.  She began her career at Presbyterian Ladies’ College and was HOLA at Trinity College for 11 years. She has been a co-producer for Good Answers, has been an author for Pearson Curriculum Publications and a WACE marker for Literature & English. Lisa is currently teaching ATAR Literature at Perth Modern School. She was the treasurer of the ETA for many years and is now returning to support the association again.

Ruby-Jean Hindley

  • Ruby-Jean Hindley is an Indigenous Secondary Teacher working primarily in Catholic Education.  She is currently employed as a ATAR English and ATAR History Teacher, yet also has extensive experience teaching middle school students in both learning areas. Ruby has  worked as a NAPLAN marker and has a passion for student mental health and well-being in classroom and whole school contexts, as well as student engagement and student re-engagement, particularly among General Pathway students. She is passionate about teaching upper-school students in ensuring they are appropriately equipped for life after high school. Ruby aspires to ensure Indigenous perspectives are included within the English Curriculum and that cultural competency is a priority of all staff working in secondary education.

Tony Hughes-D’Aeth

  • Tony Hughes-d’Aeth is Professor of English and Literary Studies at the University of Western Australia. He lectures in contemporary literature, film and television, along with Australian literature and has a particular interest in the relationship between literature and the natural environment. He is the author of Like Nothing on this Earth: A Literary History of the Wheatbelt (UWA Publishing, 2017). He has been a member of the ETAWA council since 2018 and is passionate about the subject of English and its teaching at all levels of the educational system.

Wendy Cody

  • Wendy has taught mostly English, as well as Literature, Media, Drama and French, since 1976. For three years she was a Department of Education Teacher Development Centre Coordinator supporting English teachers through implementation of the WACE English Course. Wendy began teaching in 1976 and has been at Carine Senior High School – for the third time since the beginning of her career – as Head of English. Wendy was one of the Department of Education representatives on the School Curriculum and Standards Authority English Course Advisory Committee, a long-standing TEE and WACE English examination marker and has co-authored eight English textbooks. Wendy was President of ETAWA from 2006 to 2016 and became President of AATE in October 2016.

Olivia Davis

  • Olivia Davis is a senior school ATAR English and Literature teacher currently at Perth Modern School where she has taught across upper and lower school for the last 5 years. Olivia has experience planning, resourcing, teaching and assessing these courses across all year levels at the school and has been the coordinating teacher of Year 7 English and Year 11 Literature, giving her a strong sense of scope and sequence across courses. Olivia has also taken on the role of Homework Club English teacher for the last few years at the school, supporting students who require extra support with their literacy skills. She is passionate about supporting students across their journey through high school, and fostering a love of reading. Her pedagogical interests include the teaching of metacognitive skills and critical thinking. Olivia was elected ETAWA council member in 2021, and she will be teaching at St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School from 2022.

Karen Stuart

  • Karen is currently Head of English at Kalamunda Senior High School where she has taught for the past nine years since migrating to Australia. She originally began her teaching career in Scotland where she qualified in 2006 and since then has held various positions teaching English and Literature accross the non-profit and public sectors. She has also been an external marker for the Scottish Qualifications Authority and SCSA. Throughout her career, Karen has worked extensively with students at educational risk and is curious about ways in which we can increase accessibility, equity, and engagement for students of English and Literature from all contexts.

Rachel James

  • Rachel is a secondary English and Literature teacher who has taught in a number of WA schools across both the private and public sectors. She has an honours degree in English and Cultural studies from UWA and enjoys fostering a love of literature in her classroom. Rachel is passionate about her subject, curriculum and programming, and collaborating with colleagues. She is keen to extend these passions beyond the school setting as a newly elected ETAWA council member (2021).

Administrative Secretariat Contacts

CASM (Centre for Association Management) are our Administrative Secretariat and are responsible for administration of the Association.

Dave Adams

  • Dave is the person to contact for information regarding events and publications. He manages bookings for ETAWA professional learning events, including conferences. Dave is also the contact person for the Good Answers guides and examinations papers.

Life Members

ETAWA has a small group of life members, all of whom were granted life membership as a result of their significant contribution to the teaching of English in Western Australia, and their involvement in the English Teachers Association of Western Australia.

Bob Biggins

Eric Carlin

Peter Gunning

Marnie O’Neill

Peter Forrestal

Brian Wolfenden

Gavin Morris

Rod Quin

Karren Philp

Warren Grellier

Wendy Cody

Terry Hogan

Hugh Rayner

Susan Lazenby

Past Presidents

1979: Marnie O’Neill

1980 – 1984: Peter Forrestal

1985 – 1989: Chris Jeffrey

1990: Rod Quin

1991 – 1992: Brian Wolfenden

1994 – 1997: Christine Cook

1998: Penny McLoughlin

1999 – 2004: Karren Philp

2005: Kelly Klymiuk and David Price

2006 – 2015: Wendy Cody

2016 – Present: Claire Jones

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