Debra Smith – Immediate Past Chair

Debra Smith has recently retired from secondary teaching and is currently writing science education material for organisations such as CSIRO and ASTA. Prior to her retirement she was head of science at Centenary State High School in Brisbane. She has had extensive involvement in science education at local, state and national levels. Debra has been involved in science curriculum development through secondments within Education Queensland and previous voluntary positions on the Science Advisory Committee and as convener of the Chemistry Syllabus Sub-committee in the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority. She was one of the writers of the National Statements of Learning for Science and contributed to the development of the Australian Curriculum – Science and the Australian Curriculum – Chemistry.

Debra is a past president and life member of both the Queensland (STAQ) and Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA). She has authored many science resources including Nelson Chemistry for the Australian Curriculum, “Chemistry in Use”, “Conquering Chemistry Blackline Masters” and the “iScience – for the Australian Curriculum Series” for Years 7-10. In 2010 Debra was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools. Debra has been involved with the Big Science Competition since its inception and encouraged entries from her students. She is passionate about science education and believes it is important for students to be involved in the many opportunities provided by organisations like ours.