Fab five teachers score gold stars
FIVE Fraser Coast teachers have been named finalists in the National Excellence in Teaching Awards designed to recognise inspiring educators.
Maryborough West State School's Verrone Bandholz and Steve Watson were selected along with Rachel Aspinall, Lisa Hegh and Angela Jones from the Fraser Coast Anglican College.
Ms Bandholz, a primary school teacher, said she “always wanted to be a teacher” and had taken her prep class from last year through to Year 1 this year.
She said the continuity was helping the class surpass her expectations and she had a lot of parents helping in her classroom, sent little notes home with the students and kept the communication channels open.
“They know they can come and talk to me at any time of the day,” she said.
“I just care about the kids.”
Ms Jones, a music teacher at the college, said it was special to be recognised as a finalist.
“I feel very honoured,” she said.
Ms Jones said making the lessons relevant for the students was one of the most important parts of teaching along with listening and working together with students rather than being a dictator.
Education and Training Minister Geoff Wilson said the Qld Government was committed to providing a world-class education system and could only do that with the help of dedicated teachers running diverse and engaging programs.
“We recognise teacher quality is the single greatest in-school influence on student engagement and outcomes,” he said.
Mr Wilson said the 177 Qld finalists would move through to the next phase of the awards where 60 from across Australia would be selected and announced in November following World Teachers' Day.