Teachers Registration Board of the Northern Territory

Meet the Board

Karen Blanchfield

Ms Karen Blanchfield, Chair
The nominee of the Association of NT School Educational Leaders
Ms Blanchfield has worked in a variety of schools and office positions overseas and in the Northern Territory. She has taught at Alice Springs since 1981 and is Principal of Ross Park Primary School. She recently completed her Master of International Management and is an executive member of the Association of Northern Territory School Educational Leaders (ANTSEL). Ms Blanchfield was Deputy Chairperson prior to becoming Chairperson of the Teacher Registration Board.

Steve Carter

Mr Steve Carter, Deputy Chair
The nominee of the NT Council of Government School Organisations
Mr Carter is employed by the Power and Water Corporation as the gas supply coordinator. Prior to this he has been associated with the oil and gas industry working in Europe and the Middle East as well as Australia. Mr Carter is a long-serving executive member of the Council of Government School Organisations (COGSO), President from 1996 to 1998 and a Life Member. He has a long-standing interest in education and is well informed about educational issues at the local and national level.

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.

Yvonne Patterson

Ms Yvonne Patterson
The nominee of the Australian Education Union
Yvonne Patterson began her teaching career in the 1980s graduating with a Diploma of Teaching, majoring in Special Education and English.  She later completed a Bachelor of Education degree majoring in Aboriginal Education and Linguistics. She has worked in government and non‑government schools. 

Through choice, Ms Patterson remained a classroom teacher and has extensive experience in this capacity.  She loves working with children and has experience as a senior teacher in a number of schools in Darwin.  In 2013, Yvonne presented a paper on the teaching of writing, collection of writing data and using student voice to improve writing outcomes, at the Australian   Council for Educational Research (ACER) inaugural national conference - Excellence in Professional Practice.  The materials developed which included a literacy continuum for mainstream students, a literacy continuum for English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD) students and numerous writing rubrics were published on the ACER website.

Peter Kell

Associate Professor Greg Shaw
The nominee of Charles Darwin University
Associate Professor Greg Shaw is Dean of the College of Education at Charles Darwin University. Associate 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 NTDET Chief Executive

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.

Donna Stephens

Mrs Donna Stephens
Donna Stephens comes from the Iwaidja clan in North West Arnhem land. She grew up and was educated in Darwin. Her first teaching position was at Belyuen School in 1992.
Working across a range educational systems and year levels; in 2004, as the senior teacher at Karama School, she worked as a part of school leadership on community engagement and whole school approaches for learning and teaching.
After working as an Education Officer in NT DET (now DoE) she moved to CDU in 2010. As a lecturer in education for the CDU School of Education she taught a range of units including communication, middle years pedagogy, assessment and reporting and literacy.
In 2013 Donna continued at CDU as the Teaching Schools coordinator, a joint position between CDU and NT DoE, where her focus was on teacher mentoring and pre-service teacher professional experience across the NT.
Donna was employed by the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education (ACIKE) in 2015 as the Senior Lecturer- Teacher Community Liaison Leader within a national research project focused on remote community education and Indigenous Higher Education pathways.
In 2017 Donna joined the staff at Wagaman Primary School where she currently teaches year 6 and works with leadership as one of the senior teachers on staff.

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.

Andrew Manning

Mr Andrew Manning
The nominee of the Association of Independent Schools NT

Mr Manning is the current Principal of Marrara Christian College in Darwin. He has been a teacher since 1994 and has taught in both Queensland and the Northern Territory. From 2004-2009 he was the Principal of Nhulunbuy Christian School and from 2010-2013 was the Principal at Palmerston Christian School. Mr Manning holds a Bachelor of Teaching and a Bachelor of Education and a Graduate Certificate in Computer Education. He is currently undertaking his Masters of Education Leadership.

Mr Manning currently holds the following roles in education:

  • Non Government Schools Registration Advisory Panel Member.
  • Non Government Schools Routine Assessment Team Member.
  • Block Grant Priorities Committee Member.
  • Present AISNT - Executive Committee.
  • Present AISNT - Executive Committee Deputy Chair.