LOCAL teacher Nicolette Hilton has received a prestigious scholarship to fund study into teaching methods that promote creativity and innovation.
The Uralla Central School educator was one of only 16 teachers and principals from across the state to receive the 2013 premier’s teacher scholarship at a reception at Government House, Sydney late last month.
The $15,000 Premier’s Copyright Agency Creativity and Innovation Scholarship recognises Ms Hilton’s commitment to furthering her already considerable skills and then sharing those new insights to improve other teachers’ delivery.
It was the only scholarship of its kind presented by Premier Barry O’Farrell at this year’s awards.
“Most of us have fond memories from our school days of an inspirational teacher,” Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli said.
“The scholarship program is designed to help more educators develop and share their considerable talents, and thereby provide inspiration for another generation.”
The scholarships program affords educators a unique opportunity to undertake international study tours and visit some of the world’s best schools and centres of education.
“This program helps to inspire and re-invigorate these talented people, and brings them back to the classroom ready to share new knowledge, teaching methods and skills, all of which – of course – benefits students in the classroom,” Mr Piccoli said.
Since 1999, more than 360 teachers across NSW have received premier’s teacher scholarships.
This year’s program saw 267 teachers apply for the 16 scholarships awarded across 14 program areas.
All NSW teachers from government and non-government schools and TAFE NSW institutes are eligible to apply for the scholarships.