STEVE'S STATE AWARD

Cole­man a fi­nal­ist for teach­ing ex­cel­lence

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

STEVE Cole­man’s tire­less ef­fort in im­prov­ing the stan­dard of ed­u­ca­tion across the state has earned the Good­wood State School prin­ci­pal a nom­i­na­tion for the Queens­land Col­lege of Teach­ers’ Ex­cel­lence Awards.

Mr Cole­man is one of five fi­nal­ists – two from state schools – in the Dr John Dwyer Ex­cel­lent Lead­er­ship in Teach­ing and Learn­ing Award, which will be an­nounced at a cer­e­mony at Queens­land’s Par­lia­ment House on Fri­day to coin­cide with World Teacher’s Day.

He is cred­ited with start­ing the Small Schools Com­mit­tee, is chair of Queens­land Teach­ers’ Union small schools’ spe­cial in­ter­est group and is sec­re­tary of the Queens­land As­so­ci­a­tion of State School Prin­ci­pals.

Spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion teacher Lynne Ma­dle has worked with Mr Cole­man on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions and de­scribed him as in­spir­ing.

“He’s of­ten there from six in the morn­ing un­til after six at night and goes well beyond his job de­scrip­tion,” she said.

“Any­one with that fo­cus does re­ally well. He’s an ex­tremely good teacher and he thinks the world of those kids.

“He puts in so much. I’ve en­joyed work­ing with him and he’s very in­spir­ing.”

The other fi­nal­ists are: Michelle Bond (Royal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal School, Her­ston), Pa­tri­cia Hosking (St Ai­dan’s Angli­can Girls’ School, Corinda), John Liv­ingston (Kir­wan State High School, Kir­wan) and Paul Mackay (St Peter Claver Col­lege, Riverview).

PHOTO: MAX FLEET BUN171014GSS1

AWARD NOM­I­NA­TION: Good­wood State School prin­ci­pal Steve Cole­man.

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