STEVE'S STATE AWARD
Coleman a finalist for teaching excellence
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).
AWARD NOMINATION: Goodwood State School principal Steve Coleman.