National Recognition for Mr Jackson’s Work

This year, our very own Mr Clinton Jackson joins an elite group of teachers in Australia. Soon to be accredited as a “Lead Teacher”, he is one of just 1025 out of 300,000 full-time teachers Australia-wide who’ve been awarded top Expert Teacher status by the Australian body for professional teaching and school leadership standards (AITSL).

In Southeast Queensland, there are just 75 Lead Teachers across every education system: Independent, State, and Catholic. As BAC’s Head of Science and Secondary Coordinator of Senior Learning and Teaching, Mr Jackson has also shown the ability to develop bold concepts that build and sustain momentum in how educators think, teach and lead at the College.

Teaching runs strong in Mr Jackson’s blood. His mother, grandmother, multiple cousins and second cousins are teachers. He even suspects his eldest daughter will choose to become a teacher. Both of his parents-in-law are also teachers.

Now with 17 years' worth of experience in the classroom and more recently leading the learning and teaching for Senior teachers (including guiding them through significant changes to the Queensland Certificate of Education which coincided with Covid and online learning), he is conscious of the high stakes of education when it comes to students. The research involved in pursuing Lead Teacher certification has allowed him to focus intently on gaining a better understanding of student development, including linguistic, cultural, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds, and accumulating knowledge about the best environments for learning.

 “The stringent accreditation process has an accelerating influence on Clinton’s teaching practices and his leadership in learning,” says Mr Dever, Deputy Principal of Secondary.

Part of this process has involved Mr Jackson working with other teachers and academics from the University of Queensland to develop innovative teaching and learning strategies. Late last year, he shared details of an innovative project he was managing at BAC in meetings for Queensland education leaders. The project helps students better understand their learning progress. 

“I want to champion the work of teachers generally,” he pointed out. “There’s an enormous amount of rigorous intellectual, social, and emotional work done by teachers every single day. Teaching is a complex, challenging (and very rewarding) activity that draws from so many different pieces of knowledge and relies on so many different skill sets. This has been a good opportunity for me to reflect on and extend my professional practice and share it with other teachers in our local professional learning community.”

This certification has required many hours of additional work outside of the usual responsibilities of teaching and the typical workday. His wife, Mrs Sonja Jackson, a social worker who works with children and young people, is understandably proud of her husband: “With one of our children about to enter Prep, it’s wonderful to see teachers challenged to grow in their practices and to see Clinton’s growth recognised and celebrated.”

Congratulations, Mr Jackson. We're grateful for your hard work and dedication. You make us all very proud.