NSW teachers impressive in state awards

23-Oct-2017 7:30 PM

Embargoed until 24 October: A dozen of the finest teachers who have made an impact in their local communities in New South Wales have been honoured with ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards (ASG NEiTA).

They are among the 60 state and territory recipients to be awarded the prestigious honour—selected from almost 1450 community nominations. 
Now in its 23rd year, ASG NEiTA gives parents, grandparents, school boards and councils and committees of management the opportunity to formally thank and recognise outstanding and dedicated teachers, who are passionate about driving a world class education system and encouraging students to reach their full potential.
ASG NEiTA Chief Executive Officer, John Velegrinis says these educators recognise that ‘it takes a village to raise a child,’ which is testament to their dedication and the impact they have on the lives of those they serve in local communities. 
“In many respects, teaching is about giving, not only to children and students but to their families and the community networks around them. Some of the ASG NEiTA recipients come from very small towns and do represent the heartbeat of these communities.   
“These teachers have an enormous responsibility in shaping and guiding these young people as well as supporting the educational aspirations families have for their children. Their teaching stretches beyond the core curriculum and standardised testing, and they also help children develop the social skills they need to develop into successful adults. Ensuring children have a well-rounded education is something our ASG NEiTA recipients are absolutely passionate about. This passion is welcomed by families as they want teachers to play a greater role in developing their children’s life skills, which was one of the key findings in the latest ASG Parents Report Card.” 
The awards are classed into early childhood, primary and secondary categories.
ASG NEiTA chairman, Allen Blewitt says the awards highlight a long history of positive relationships being built between teachers and their communities.
“These teachers are also mentors and the influence they have on young people is remarkable as they learn to appreciate the value of lifelong learning as they navigate their life journeys. So,   ASG NEiTA is one of the only channels where the community gets to express their sincere gratitude through nominating an inspirational teacher, educator, principal or centre director.”
Queensland had 19 ASG NEiTA recipients, followed by 13 in Western Australia, four each in Victoria and South Australia, three each in Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory and two for Hobart. 
ASG NEiTA will announce the national award recipients in March 2018. Professional development grants are available at the national award level, and one recipient gets the opportunity to go to Space Camp in Alabama alongside top teachers from each US state.
New South Wales
Teacher School Postcode Category
Catherine McCann St John’s Junior School 2350 Early Childhood
Kristy Whitney Reynolds Street Community Preschool 2580 Early Childhood
Rebecca Bailey Kidz Prints 2121 Early Childhood
Cristina Bezzo Hornsby TAFE Children’s Centre 2077 Early Childhood
Elana Shatari Mount Sinai College 2035 Primary
Jillian Eves Kings Langley Primary School 2147 Primary
Karen Suckling Lutheran School, Wagga Wagga 2650 Primary
Kylie Toberty Nashdale Public School 2800 Primary
Marianne Wein St Joseph’s East Maitland 2323 Primary
Andrew Backhouse Henry Kendall High School 2250 Secondary
Shannon Farrugia Albion Park High School 2527 Secondary
Nicolette Wheaton MET Armidale Campus 2350 Secondary
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Editor’s notes:
The Australian Scholarships Group (ASG) is a member owned organisation, helping to create educational opportunities for children. ASG has been helping families and their children for more than 40 years. During this time, more than 530,000 children have been enrolled with ASG and more than $2.5 billion in education benefits and scholarship payments returned to members.
The ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA) started in 1994 in Australia and 1996 in New Zealand. Since inception, more than 34,000 teachers have been nominated by the community in the two countries.
For more information visit: www.asg.com.au/asg-neita

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