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Excellent effort earns reward

Jubilee Principal David Sewell and MP Dr Alex Dougals (far right) with teacher
Isobel Clarke and her 2010 ASG Inspirational Teaching State and Territory Award
TWO BCE teachers have been recognised for excellence in the classroom at the annual NEiTA 2010 ASG Inspirational Teaching State and Territory Awards  

Prep teacher Isobel Clarke, from Jubilee Primary School, Pacific Pines, and acting Assistant Principal at St Teresa’s Catholic College, Noosaville, Lee Elvy were among 60 teachers who received an Australian Scholarships Group (ASG) award for their dedication to teaching.

The awards recognise inspirational teachers who work across the spectrum of education sectors from early childhood to secondary schooling, teaching students with varied learning needs, and in specialised subject areas.

Isobel was recognised for fostering positive relationships with her students and productive partnerships with parents.

She was described as a dynamic and innovative early childhood teacher, who created an enriching and stimulating learning environment.

As the first experience of school life, Isobel ensured Prep was a rich and rewarding time for her students.

Isobel relished the opportunity to get to know each of her young pupils individually.

She adapted to the students’ different learning styles so that each child’s learning was appropriately supported as their skills develop throughout the year.

She made learning more relevant for her students by incorporating real-life events into her teaching to keep the children engaged in learning.

Meanwhile Lee was highly commended for his dedication to students on the Sunshine Coast

His teaching philosophy is to guide students in finding their talents and passions, and support them in building skills necessary to participate fully, both in present and future contexts.

To engage students, Lee incorporated many aspects of modern technology into his teaching, using podcasts, interactive whiteboards, iPhones, self-created websites, blogs and Wikis in his daily lessons, allowing students to personalise the pace of their learning.

He has developed this ‘anytime, anywhere’ approach to learning throughout the college community.

In developing future teachers, Lee also acted as a lead learning manager with students from Central Queensland University, along with guiding practicum teachers from other Queensland universities.

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