Patrick Todhunter is a passionate educator. From his first teaching role as part-time tutor in the Chemistry Department at the University of Queensland in 1978, to his most recent teaching appointment at Mary Mackillop College at Nundah (2008-10), Patrick has been an engaging and reflective teacher.
Patrick brings years of wisdom gleaned from a rich and diverse experience in the education sector, as well as his studies. He holds a degree in Science majoring in chemistry, physics and mathematics and postgraduate qualifications in chemistry, education and counselling. He has continued studies in recent years in psychology, archaeology and sociology.
His experience in the education sector has included both leadership and teaching roles. These roles have included; seven years on the Leadership Team at Patrick’s CBC Shorncliffe (1987-90) and (1993-95), Head of Department roles in both Mathematics (1996-7) and Science (2001-2003) as well as Year Level Pastoral co-ordinator (1999-2001). Further to this he has spent two years as a volunteer educator in Papua New Guinea (1980-81) and two years as a primary- post primary teacher in a remote aboriginal school (1991-1992) in the Northern Territory.
His engagement with education reaches beyond the school and classroom. He has served three years on the State Council for the Queensland Independent Education Union (QIEU) and was an active member of the QIEU Education Committee representing the Union on numerous committees including the Department of Education Advisory Committee for the forum: Violence in Schools 1996, Queensland Middle Schooling Project Coordinating Group 1997-2003, QSCC Subject Area Syllabuses Advisory committee 2000-3 and the QUT Education Faculty Course Advisory Committee 2002-3.
Apart from these specific career involvements Patrick maintains a keen interest in environmental issues and is actively involved in The Bennelong Bush Care Group at Kedron in Brisbane. In his spare time he is also an avid reader, ocean swimmer (favourite swim the 2.5km Byron Bay Ocean Swim Classic) bush walker (regularly seen on the Mt Coot-tha and Brisbane Forest trails with his partner Debra) and amateur singer . Patrick has five adult children and lives in Brisbane, Australia.