Mr Jackson Tops the Class

December 2 2022

At Customs House last night, our very own Physics teacher, Clinton Jackson, joined 17 other Queensland teachers receiving the most advanced level of professional standards for teachers: Lead Teacher.

This brings the total number of Expert Teachers, which consists of Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers (HALTs), working in Queensland independent schools to 150 to date. They join 1,050 HALTs out of the 300,000 certified teachers nationwide.

As Head of Science and Secondary Coordinator of Senior Learning and Teaching at Brisbane Adventist College, Mr Jackson was evaluated by Independent Schools Queensland for the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) as someone who develops bold concepts that build and sustain momentum in how educators think, teach and lead. 

Teaching runs in Mr Jackson’s blood. His mother, grandmother, multiple cousins and second cousins are teachers. He even predicts that his eldest daughter, just entering Prep in 2023, may choose to become a teacher.

Now with 17 years of experience in the classroom, and recently leading Learning and Teaching for senior teachers, he is conscious of the high stakes of education when it comes to students. The research involved in Lead Teacher accreditation has helped him gain a deeper appreciation of student development, including their linguistic, cultural, religious, and socioeconomic background, and accumulate knowledge about the best environments for learning. This gave him added insight as he led senior teachers through the enormous change to the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) in 2020 and faced another challenge: supporting teachers in online learning due to COVID. 

“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. 

Mr Jackson was mentored by Education Project Officer in South Queensland, Heidi Mazz. Part of the process has involved working with 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 own learning progress. 

“There’s an enormous amount of rigorous intellectual, social, and emotional work done by teachers every single day,” Mr Jackson points out. “Teaching is a very rewarding activity but it is also complex and challenging because it draws from many different pieces of knowledge and relies on 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 professional learning community.” 

This certification has required many hours of additional work outside of the usual responsibilities of teaching and the typical workday. Mrs Sonja Jackson, a social worker for children and young people and daughter of teachers herself, recognises the benefit of Clinton’s study for their own children. “It’s wonderful to see teachers encouraged to grow in their practices,” she says. 

College principal Mr Charleson, who joined Clinton’s family at the ceremony last night, says: “We're grateful for Mr Jackson’s hard work and dedication. He makes us very proud.”

See more here: ISQ Media Release

Awarded Lead Teacher by AITSL
CEO of Independent Schools Queensland Chris Mountford congratulates Clinton Jackson on becoming a Lead Teacher