Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Kate Mullin - a tragic loss

Kate Mullin

ACTA mourns the tragic loss of a dynamic and visionary colleague and its sympathies are extended to Kate Mullin's family, friends and colleagues.  Kate was a person of great passion and dedication, who always had the interests of EAL/D students and teachers at the forefront of her thinking. 

Her contribution to ESL and Indigenous education was long-standing and far-reaching.  Kate started at the Association of Independent Schools of WA (AISWA) as an ESL literacy consultant in January, 1999.  Subsequently, she worked as a NALP consultant with the Aboriginal Independent Community Schools (AICS) until the end of 2006. During this time, she wrote several sets of teaching notes and the NALP assessment documents.  In 2007, she resumed her position as ESL literacy consultant with AISWA.

Kate was a good friend to many in the field of TESOL.  She was a prime driver of the ACTA conference held in Perth just a few years ago, a dedicated WATESOL member and a past president of WATESOL. Kate contributed significantly to the development and implementation of the Curriculum Council of Western Australia's EAL/D course.  She continued sharing her expertise as an invaluable member of the Curriculum Council of WA's EAL/D Assessment, Review and Moderation panel and assumed the role of Chair of this panel in 2008.  

She will be greatly missed.