Award-winning BCE teacher Edwards spills the beans on his love for his career


​​​​St Joachim’s School Teacher James Edwards with students.

Following in his mother Jenny’s footsteps, second generation Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) teacher James Edwards recently won a Commendation Award at the 2022 BCE Excellence Awards for his hands on ‘School of Rock’ approach to learning in the primary years.  

James was nominated by Primary Learning Leader at St Joachim’s School Ashleigh Foster for his student-focused approach and passion for the profession which he has entered. 
The Year 5 and 6 composite Teacher at St Joachim’s School Holland Park says he pursued a career in teaching after watching the movie ‘School of Rock’ at a young age. 
My mum Jenny Atkinson has worked for BCE for about 25 years,” he said. 
“She’s taught in a variety of roles including speech and drama teacher, school officer and learning support, which really inspired me to also go down the same career path. 
“As a kid I always dreamt of becoming a teacher after watching the movie ‘School of Rock’. I felt inspired to be the teacher who pushed boundaries and inspired students to achieve whatever they put their mind too.” 
“I love being an early career teacher, I am truly living out my ‘School of Rock’ dreams in my role with BCE.” 
Primary Learning Leader Ashleigh Foster said James was nominated for the Early Career Teacher (ECT) Award at the 2022 BCE Excellence Awards, held in Term 3, due to his commitment to the school community and his development of students. 
“He embodies Brisbane Catholic Education’s commitment to Excellence in Learning and Teaching, regularly receiving commendations from students and colleagues about the level of engagement in his teaching and learning,” she said. 
“Although an Early Career Teacher himself, he has been an asset for other ECTs within the St Joachim’s School community, assisting them in their organisation and delivery of phonics and word knowledge.” 
“At St Joachim’s, we have identified a key Mary MacKillop quote for our school, ‘never see a need without doing something about it.’ 
“James is a living demonstration of this as he volunteers his time, support, and expertise without hesitation.” 
“He is well-respected by students, staff, and families, and demonstrates a commitment to developing professional relationships with others whether that be colleagues from other schools, support staff from BCEO, or external service providers.” 
Well done James. BCE wishes you every success for your current and future career.  


Top stories