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Drumming, tai chi and iPads part of top teachers' formulas

Maryborough Special School teacher Rose Wright (centre), who has been nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Award, pauses for a photo with students Brian Barton, Jessica Stevens, Drew Pershouse-Scott and Dean Harvey.
Maryborough Special School teacher Rose Wright (centre), who has been nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Award, pauses for a photo with students Brian Barton, Jessica Stevens, Drew Pershouse-Scott and Dean Harvey. Valerie Horton

TWO Maryborough teachers have been honoured at a Queensland Parliament House awards ceremony celebrating the best educators in the state.

Nominated for their unique skills, Maryborough Special School's Rose Wright and Samantha Carpenter, from Riverside Christian College, were both finalists at the Queensland College of Teachers Excellence in Teaching Awards, held annually on World Teacher's Day.

Ms Wright, an arts teacher with a passion for music and dance, was recognised for her drive, enthusiasm, dedication and philosophical belief in providing diverse learning opportunities enabling students to access the curriculum in enjoyable ways".

A finalist in the Excellence in Teaching category, Ms Wright leads an innovative arts program which includes a Garage Band, drumming groups and lessons in tai chi, hip hop and physical education.

At a school where students have varied disability and learning needs, Ms Wright was said to have demonstrated an ability to engage her students in a program which also gave their parents the chance to see what their children could achieve.

For Ms Carpenter, a teacher for just three years who has written a landmark iPad program in her effort to remain "radically innovative in a rapidly changing world", said being recognised by her peers was enough.

Getting ready to head to the ceremony on Friday, Ms Carpenter said while being nominated in the Beginning to Teach category was both humbling and exciting, she felt blessed to be achieving in her chosen "ideological" career, which was "not driven by making a profit but helping others".

Acting Queensland Education Minister Ian Walker said the awards recognised the hard work and dedication of teachers that "make such a huge difference in shaping our children's lives".

Riverside Christian College teacher Samantha Carpenter, who has been nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Award, uses iPads in her Year 6 class to help remain 'radically innovative in a rapidly changing world'.
Riverside Christian College teacher Samantha Carpenter, who has been nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Award, uses iPads in her Year 6 class to help remain "radically innovative in a rapidly changing world". Valerie Horton

Topics:  awards band ipads maryborough maryborough special school music riverside christian college tai chi teachers



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