Young teacher honoured at Education Week

A teacher from Young was among several honoured at an Education Week event in Deniliquin last week.

Young North Public School teacher Mary Watkins was awarded the Riverina Quality Teaching Award at a ceremony hosted by Edward Public School at Deniliquin that higlighted achievements of schools and teachers throughout the Riverina.

The school’s principal Kel Smerdon said Mary Watkin was an outstanding teacher in all aspects of her profession.

“In the classroom, Mary is an inspirational teacher who holds, but also engenders, high expectations for students regardless of learning style, disability or learning disposition,”She said.

One example of this, Mr Smerdon said, was her passionate pursuit of writing at Young North Public School.

“This saw her lead her stage to record no students in the bottom two bands in 2011 NAPLAN assessments,” he explained.

At last week’s awards ceremony Department of Education Regional Director, Colin Parker said the event once again highlighted how today’s education is no longer confined to four walls of a classroom.

He said it left no doubt that public education and the future was in good hands.

“Teachers are integral to students’ outcomes,” Mr Parker said.

Mr Parker said the Quality Teaching Awards recipients were just a sample of the high calibre of teaching excellence available to students in the Riverina region public schools.

“The dedication, passionate and skill of our teachers is certainly worth honouring,” he said.

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