Praise for pri­mary teacher

Melville Times - - News -

THE pos­i­tive im­pact an All Saints’ Col­lege teacher has had on her Year 3 stu­dents has been ac­knowl­edged with an ASG Na­tional Ex­cel­lence in Teach­ing Award (NEiTA).

Como res­i­dent Penny Cross­land was nom­i­nated by par­ents at the school for an award that gives school boards, com­mit­tees, man­age­ment and fam­i­lies of stu­dents the chance to recog­nise the work of ded­i­cated teach­ers.

“I’ve al­ways known that I was priv­i­leged to have my pas­sion and pro­fes­sion align,” Miss Cross­land said af­ter pick­ing up her award in the pri­mary cat­e­gory.

“I truly en­joy my job ev­ery day and feel hon­oured to be recog­nised for ex­cel­lence in teach­ing.

“Be­ing an ed­u­ca­tor is a priv­i­lege and I en­joy the chal­lenge of as­sist­ing all my stu­dents learn.”

All Saints’ prin­ci­pal Belinda Pro­vis said the school was lucky to have Miss Cross­land on its staff.

“Penny is an in­cred­i­ble as­set to the col­lege and her ded­i­ca­tion to her stu­dents lies at the heart of this recog­ni­tion,” she said.

Sixty teach­ers from across Aus­tralia, in­clud­ing 13 from WA, were hon­oured with NEiTA awards.

More than 1450 nom­i­na­tions were sub­mit­ted.

ASG NEiTA chief ex­ec­u­tive John Vele­gri­nis said win­ning ed­u­ca­tors recog­nise “it takes a vil­lage to raise a child”.

“In many re­spects, teach­ing is about giv­ing, not only to chil­dren and stu­dents but to their fam­i­lies and the com­mu­nity net­works around them,” he said.

“Some of the re­cip­i­ents come from very small towns and do rep­re­sent the heart­beat of these com­mu­ni­ties.”

Na­tional re­cip­i­ents will be an­nounced in March, where one teacher will be picked to visit the Space Camp in Alabama along­side teach­ers from each US state.

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All Saints’ Col­lege Year 3 teacher Penny Cross­land.

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