Cavendish Road State High School
From statewide curriculum development and advice, to his leadership of the Queensland Economics Teachers’ Association (QETA), to his mentoring of teachers and his dedication to students through pastoral care programs, extra-curricular activities and teaching, Ron Hanmer has made an important and inspirational contribution to the state’s teaching of Economics, the teaching profession and students.
The Cavendish Road State High School teacher, who first began teaching 40 years ago, is the current President of QETA and a co-author of the new Economics for the Real World textbook set to be published in preparation for Queensland’s new syllabus, which Ron has been extensively involved in as part of the feedback process.
Ron is responsible for the provision of academic articles and teaching assessment resources for QETA’s professional journal and has organised Reserve Bank of Australia seminars, which are hosted annually at Cavendish Road State High School and five other venues, for schools in the Metropolitan area, the Gold Coast and Toowoomba.
He also compiled and published a 1000-page curriculum support document for the Senior Study of Society, which assisted teachers in making the subject more accessible and engaging.
This was borne out of his Master of Education Studies in the 1990s, while working as an Education Officer in the Studies Directorate.
In that role he also coordinated state-wide training conferences for English Education Advisers and Key Learning Area Regional Coordinators.
Cavendish Road State High School (CRSHS) Strak Kosanovic says Ron’s achievements are numerous and not limited to Economics, including coaching students to national, state and metropolitan championships in volleyball while he was a Craigslea State High School, to state level in athletics and in to regional level in Australian Rules football.
Ron has worked at CRSHS since 1995. In that time he initiated and taught a University of Queensland link course that gives students credit points to their future degree. He was also a foundation teacher in the Academic Extension Committee and has led extra-curricular activities including sporting carnivals, excursions and field trips, outdoors activities and school camps.
“Perhaps most significantly, Ron has been a supervisor, mentor and source of inspiration for numerous economics preservice teachers, many of whom have gone on to play a key role in the teaching of Economics in Queensland,” Strak says.
“His commitment to ensuring the school system can cover his retirement from teaching is demonstrated by his decision to postpone his penultimate year twice, until he trained graduate teachers to continue his sterling work in advocating for excellence in Economics.”
Congratulations Ron on your nomination for the Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Award.