Teachers Registration Board of the Northern Territory

Meet the Board

Karen Blanchfield

Ms Karen Blanchfield, Chair
The nominee of the Northern Territory Principals' Association
Following a long successful and very satisfying career as a teacher, principal and Regional Director, in Australia and overseas, Karen Blanchfield has recently begun a new phase of exploring life after work. From her base in Alice Springs, she continues as the Chair of the Teacher Registration Board, where her experience and knowledge of education is valued in the NT and at the national level.

Marisa Boscato

Ms Marisa Boscato
The nominee of the NT Council of Government School Organisations
Marisa Boscato is currently the Curriculum Specialist at Alice Springs School of the Air. In this role, Ms Boscato focusses on supporting senior staff in order to evaluate existing curriculum and assessment practices, with the view to improve the school curriculum and assessment plans and policy, including facilitating professional learning for teachers and home tutors as required.

Her teaching careers spans 31 years with leadership roles at Girraween School, Nightcliff Middle School, Ludmilla Primary School and Anula Primary School, along with roles in the corporate area of the Department of Education.

Elsabe Bott

Ms Elsabe Bott
The nominee of the Independent Education Union of the NT (IEU)
Elsabe Bott has taught in the Northern Territory since 1988, working in both the Independent and Catholic sectors. Elsabe's experience in the Northern Territory has given her to opportunity to work with a diverse range of students of different cultural backgrounds and abilities. Her interest in working with Indigenous students led to her completing a Master of Educational Studies (Aboriginal Education). She takes a keen interest in professional development activities and professional standards for teachers, which complements the work of theTeacher Registration Board. Elsabe is currently a member of the NT Advisory Committee of the Queensland/NT Branch of the Independent Education Union.

Gordon Canning

Mr Gordon Canning
The nominee of the Australian Education Union
Gordon Canning has 8 years of teaching experience including five years teaching at Gunbalanya School, primarily in the areas of early childhood and primary. His teaching career started at the beginning of 2009 after completing a Bachelor of Education at Charles Darwin University. Initially Gordon worked as a relief teacher with the Remote Schools Improvement Strategy in the Arnhem and Katherine regions. In 2010 he began as a primary classroom teacher at Gunbalanya School, teaching years 1 and 2. In 2013 he began teaching at Gunbalanya's preschool and completed his Bachelor of Teaching and Learning - Early Childhood, in 2014. At the beginning of 2018 he moved to Woodroffe Primary School and has taken one of the preschool teaching roles in their Early Achievement Centre.

Peter Kell

Professor Greg Shaw
The nominee of Charles Darwin University
Professor Greg Shaw is Dean of the College of Education at Charles Darwin University. Professor Shaw has long experience working in a range of educational contexts. He began his career as a secondary agriculture science teacher, and has worked in primary, vocational education, community development, Higher Education and as a consultant in education. Greg's interests are wide ranging and include ICT in education, agricultural education, Technology and science education, professional development and adult education, distance education and online learning, evaluation, rural education, developmental education, and indigenous and cross-cultural education. Greg has significant experience working in international contexts including China, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Fiji, and Indonesia.

Claire Bartlett

Ms Claire Bartlett
The nominee of the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE)
Claire is currently the Senior Lecturer in Teacher Education at Batchelor Institute. She started her career as a primary school teacher in Victoria and has taught primary students in Far North Queensland and the Philippines and junior secondary students in a remote Aboriginal Community School in Western Australia. Claire moved into teacher education when she took up the position of Coordinator of the Diploma of Education (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) at Tropical North Queensland TAFE. During this time she became interested in how the ways that ESL methodologies could be combined with e-learning to support remote Indigenous learners. This led to further study, with Claire being awarded a Master of Education degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and a Diploma of e-learning. Claire has since worked as a Research Fellow at Charles Darwin University, designing, facilitating and evaluating online learning for pre-service and in-service teachers; exploring language and literacy learning in Indigenous Australian contexts; and the implementation of educational programs at scale—the topic of her PhD thesis.

Bernadette Morriss

Ms Bernadette Morriss
The nominee of the Catholic Education Office

Bernadette Morriss began her teaching career in Victoria in 1978 and has a broad range of teaching and leadership experience in both Victoria and the Northern Territory that extends over 39 years. This experience includes a working knowledge of education contexts extending from Early Learning Centres through to Vocational and Tertiary Education. . Experience in primary and tertiary settings includes working with Indigenous students and students from culturally diverse language and cultural backgrounds. Bernadette has lead learning environments as an Associate Dean at Charles Darwin University; Principal of a Primary Catholic School in Darwin and is currently a Principal Consultant at Catholic Education Office NT providing support for Principals in Urban, Regional and Indigenous community contexts.

Ms Louise Corrigan
The nominee of the NT Department of Education Chief Executive Officer

Louise Corrigan is an Assistant Principal at Leanyer Primary School. Prior to that she was employed as a Specialist in Teaching and Learning at Anula Primary School. After starting her career at Tennant Creek Primary School in 2004 she has been obsessed with learning. Her obsession with learning drives her desire to be a better teacher always. In 2008 Louise was awarded a Highly Commended for excellence in teaching at the Teaching Australia awards. Throughout her career she has developed a passion for early childhood education and educational equity and access by sharing her love for learning not just with her students but with parents, the communities she works in, with her colleagues and paraprofessionals. Louise works in education leadership development across the NT and was a Fellow for the Centre for School Leadership, Learning and Development Preparation for School Leadership Darwin in 2012. She has shared her knowledge and expertise about the profession of teaching at National and Territory wide conferences sitting on panels and telling stories from her career with references to current educational literature and her vision for school improvement at school and system levels.

Greg Hauser

Mr Greg Hauser
Indigenous registered teacher nominee of the NT Department of Education Chief Executive Officer
Greg Hauser is a current teacher in Darwin Region schools with 10 years of experience in primary teaching. Greg identifies as a Ngalakan man of South East Arnhem land and a born and raised Territorian. He grew up and was educated in Katherine but now resides with his young family in Palmerston. Greg's passions in teaching are data informed goal setting, positive relationships ethos and understanding 21st Century learners. As an experienced, inspired and committed educator, Greg works to deliver positive change whilst improving quality educational outcomes for all students in the face of complex problems, and challenges of the future. As a Senior Teacher in 2018 Greg has worked to enhance capability of teachers to provide the highest quality of teaching and learning practices informed by the use of quality data. The attributes and experience Greg brings to positive relationships and expectations are values based, ethical and moral. Greg is committed to educational evidenced-based programs, and responsibilities as an employee of the Department of Education, Northern Territory.

Lorraine Hodgson

Ms Lorraine Hodgson
The nominee of the Professional Teachers' Association of the Northern Territory (PTANT)
Lorraine Hodgson is currently the Assistant Principal at Nemarluk School in Darwin and has been teaching in the Northern Territory, urban and remote schools, since 1978. She also brings to the Board a considerable experience and understanding of professional learning for teachers and school leaders. In 2008, Lorraine was awarded by Teaching Australia and the Australian Joint Council of Professional Teaching Associations (AJCPTA), now the Australian Professional Teachers Association, an International Study Tour with the objective of increasing awareness of international leading practice in teaching and leadership, building collaborative networks and sharing experience. Lorraine is an executive member of the Australian Association of Special Education (NT Chapter), Vice President of the Northern Territory Joint Council of Professional Teaching Associations (NTJCPTA) and a Director of the Australian Professional Teachers Association which she has been involved with since May 2007. She served as a Director on the Board of Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership. from December 2009 to April 2012.

Julie Donald

Ms Julie Donald
The nominee of the Australian Education Union based at a remote school

Ms Donald is an Indigenous Educator and a Special Education Teacher at Ramingining School. She has extensive experience and specialises in Remote Indigenous and Indigenous Education and is familiar with bilingual schools. Ms Donald has a strong interest in literacy in ESL contexts and understanding the emphasis on Literacy and Numeracy programs in the Remote Indigenous context.

Ms Donald's career includes Special Education Teaching, teaching Indigenous students, teachers and assistant teachers, Indigenous Policy Development, Career Development and Human Resource Management, and consulting. Ms Donald's relevant qualifications include Graduate Diploma of Aboriginal Education, Diploma of Teaching (Primary), Bachelor of Education (Major TESOL), Graduate Certificate Public Sector Management, Master of Arts (Aboriginal Affairs Administration) and Indigenous Emerging Leader's Program.

Paul Arundell

Mr Paul Arundell
The nominee of the Association of Independent Schools NT

For the past two years Paul Arundell has worked as both the Director of Education and CEO of NT Christian Schools. He has worked on the Boards of the Block Grant Authority and the Non-Government Schools Ministerial Advisory Council.

His teaching career spans 34 years working as a teacher in NSW, WA and the Northern Territory. Before moving to the Northern Territory he was Principal at Strathalbyn Christian College for six years and Mountains Christian College for the six years before that, successfully leading and developing both schools. He has also been a representative of NT Christian Schools at the Christian Education National Forum of State Executive Officers and has undertaken overseas study tours including the AISNT China Tour in 2017.

Paul has a Masters in History and is currently studying for a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership.