WESTDALE Public School teacher Kerrilyn Shaw and Armidale High School drama teacher Penelope McCue have been honoured at the Minister’s Quality Teaching Awards.
The two locals were among 44 exemplary school and TAFE educators from across the state who were last week recognised for their contributions to quality education.
Most of the teachers (34 from public schools and 10 from TAFE colleges) were presented with the prestigious award for excellence in teaching by Education Minister Adrian Piccoli at a ceremony in Sydney. Ms McCue was unable to attend.
“We know that teaching is the single largest in-school predictor of success at school, and this is equally true for TAFE students,” Mr Piccoli said.
“It is what teachers know, do and care about which is a very powerful influence in teaching.
“Great teachers have a rich repertoire of teaching strategies and know how and when to use these strategies to optimise learning.”
Ms Shaw’s award citation read: “Kerrilyn Shaw is an inspirational teacher with over 30 years of teaching experience. Kerrilyn demonstrates wonderful teaching skills and an unyielding commitment to the students, parents and teachers in the school community. Kerrilyn has been instrumental in organising and implementing the Westdale Kinder Go Transition Program.”
Ms McCue was praised as “a drama teacher (who) has demonstrated an exemplary ability to provide excellent learning outcomes for all students in her drama classes. Penelope often spends weekends at school rehearsals with students, particularly as the HSC approaches”.