OUR PEOPLE – ABOUT OUR TEAM
Head of Teaching
Cameron McLean is EnglishCool’s Academic Director. He holds a Bachelor of Social Work, a Masters in Health Services
Management and a Cambridge English Language Teaching (CELTA) Certificate. He has over 20 years experience working in the
healthcare sector in Australia and the United States. In addition to extensive clinical experience as a medical social worker including
as Chief Social Worker at Sydney’s prestigious St Vincents Hospital and in private psychotherapy practice; Cameron has managed
large multidisciplinary healthcare teams in the public, community and private healthcare sectors. More recently Cameron has used
his knowledge of Mandarin Chinese to deliver intesive English language workshops in China. Cameron specialises in teaching
Medical English, OET exam techniques and techniques for rapidly improving candidates’ speaking performance. He works between
English Cool’s Sydney and Chengdu Training Centres.
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an Italian physician and educator best known for the philosophy of education that bears her name, and her writing on scientific
pedagogy. At an early age, Montessori broke gender barriers and expectations when she enrolled in classes at an all-boys technical
school, with hopes of becoming an engineer. She soon had a change of heart and began medical school at the University of
Rome, where she graduated – with honors – in 1896. Her educational method is in use today in many public and private schools
throughout the world.
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Philip Collier (1873-1948), premier, was born on 21 April 1873 at Woodstock near Melbourne, son of Phillip Collier, farmer, and his
wife Catherine, née Bourke. Collier left school at 16 to go gold-mining in Victoria and New South Wales; he was later foreman on the
Melbourne sewerage works at Northcote. As founding secretary of the local Political Labor Council branch, he acted as campaign
director for State and Federal election candidates, including Frank Anstey. On 27 June 1900 at Northcote he married Ellen Heagney;
they had four children.
In 1904 Collier moved to Western Australia to work with the Perseverance Gold Mining Co. at Boulder. As a delegate from the
Amalgamated Workers’ Association, he was vice-president of the goldfields Trades and Labor Council in 1905. Aided by his
Victorian reputation, Collier soon won pre-selection for the Boulder seat in the Legislative Assembly. That year, when Labor lost ten seats, he narrowly
defeated the sitting member J. M. Hopkins. In 1908 he easily retained the seat and was opposed in only four out of twelve elections in 1911-47.
In his maiden speech Collier attacked Hopkins’s alleged favouritism in allocating crown land to selectors, but for six years he spoke rarely and usually briefly.
His main interests were mining and State and Federal land tax; he won legitimation for children born out of wedlock, whose parents subsequently married. In