Xavier Catholic College Prep teacher Libby Gaedtke accepts an award from Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Education Minister Julia Gillard at the Australian Awards for Teaching Excellence in Canberra.
Xavier Catholic College Prep teacher Libby Gaedtke accepts an award from Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Education Minister Julia Gillard at the Australian Awards for Teaching Excellence in Canberra. Belinda Pratten

Young minds are Libby's inspiration

LIBBY Gaedtke loves the way her five-year-old students perceive the world; it is the main reason she has been an early childhood teacher since she was 20 years old.

“I love the freshness of the young ones. They see the world through these amazing five-year-old eyes,” she said.

Ms Gaedtke's dedication to teaching was recognised yesterday at the Australian Awards for Teaching Excellence ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra.

The Xavier Catholic College Prep teacher was one of 13 Queensland teachers honoured out of 65 nationwide.

The awards are yearly and celebrate high-level accomplishments by individuals and schools.

Ms Gaedtke said she was nominated by the Early Childhood Teachers Association because she is a strong advocate for quality teaching for the early years. She also does a lot of community work and believes it is very important regional communities have a connection with the professional teaching world.

Ms Gaedtke was presented a certificate by Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Education Minister Julia Gillard and also received a cash prize as well as $5000 for Xavier to go toward further professional development.

“It was a lovely ceremony that made me feel very special as a teacher,” Ms Gaedtke said. “It makes us feel like we have a place in the lives of the children we teach.”

Ms Gaedtke won a highly commended award but said the ceremony was a celebration for all teachers around Australia.

The awards coincided with World Teachers Day today.



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