2014 Peter Doherty Outstanding Science Teacher Award – Mr Paul Mitchell

We are thrilled to announce that QAHS Chemistry Teacher and Year 11 Coordinator Mr Paul Mitchell is a recipient of the prestigious 2014 Peter Doherty Outstanding Science Teacher Award.

Mr Mitchell was recognised for his science teaching practices and innovative programs that foster students’ curiosity, imagination and enthusiasm as well as enhancing their scientific literacy.   His knowledge, initiative, experience, enthusiasm and technical expertise is highly evident and this award is well deserved.  Some specific mentions include:

  • Leadership in the multidisciplinary Science camp for year 11 students to complete the IB Group 4 project.
  • The development of a digital tutorial classroom using i-connect for all year level Chemistry students and instituting video feedback for students’ assessments.
  • A focus on practical learning to allow for individual experimentation required for the IB.
  • Mentoring and supervising pre-service teachers, beginning teachers and colleagues and providing numerous curriculum resources and coaching in Chemistry and Biology as well as support for Scientific Operations Officers and students in their scientific research and activities in a variety of contexts and environments.
  • Supporting several scientific projects and competitions within QAHS and the wider community.
  • Establishing and maintaining University and Industry links for the benefit of students.

The Peter Doherty Awards encourage Queenslanders to pursue careers in science, engineering, technology and innovation and recognise significant achievements in these sectors.  The awards honour leading Queensland scientist and Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty, a former Indooroopilly State High School student.  Professor Doherty was Australian of the Year in 1997. He and his Swiss colleague Rolf Zinkernagel were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine in 1996 for discovering the nature of cellular immune defence.

Congratulations Mr Mitchell!

Mrs Jane Sleeman