First for school in QCT teaching awards
19 September 2013
A Queensland state high school has scored a first by featuring as a finalist in all four categories of the Queensland College of Teachers annual awards.
The rare achievement by Glenala State High School comes as inspiring teachers from across the state are named as finalists in the fifth annual Excellence in Teaching Awards.
This year 22 finalists from both state and non-state schools have been announced across the four award categories: 'Excellence in Beginning to Teach', 'Excellence in Teaching', 'Excellent Leadership in Teaching and Learning' and 'Outstanding Contribution to Teaching'.
The finalists were chosen from some 200 teachers nominated for the 2013 awards.
Glenala is represented by James Brewer (Beginning to Teach), Lorelli Allen (Teaching), Brenda Shirley (Outstanding Contribution) and principal Corinne McMillan (Leadership in Teaching and Learning).
Queensland College of Teachers board chair Dr Joe McCorley said the annual awards were a great way to recognise the contribution of teachers across Queensland.
'It is important that we acknowledge teachers' outstanding efforts each year, as they play such an integral role in the lives of young people,' Dr McCorley said.
'In recent years, many research studies of effective schooling have demonstrated that of all school factors it is quality teaching that has the greatest influence on student learning, and we are proud to celebrate this each year.'
Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek congratulated all the teachers nominated, and all dedicated teachers.
'There are thousands of great teachers inspiring students every day across a range of year levels and different curriculum areas, and I would like to thank local communities for sharing their success stories through the nomination process of the QCT Excellence in Teaching Awards,' Mr Langbroek said.
'While there can only be four award recipients, we believe that all teachers deserve recognition for their hard work and dedication to the teaching profession.'
Mr Langbroek will present the awards to the four winners at a World Teachers' Day celebration at Parliament House on Friday 25 October.
For the full list of finalists, more information on the awards and tips to celebrate World Teachers' Day, visit the Queensland College of Teachers website.