Teacher recog­nised for ex­cel­lence

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

A CANNONVALE State School teacher has been nom­i­nated for the 20th an­nual ASG National Ex­cel­lence in teach­ing awards.

Denise Veen­stra was nom­i­nated for the pres­ti­gious award and has been a teacher for more than 20 years.

She cur­rently teaches year 6 and 7.

She is also an ac­tive mem­ber of the school band and runs the school rock band.

Prin­ci­pal An­gela Kelly called on Ms Veen­stra dur­ing the school’s assem­bly last week to present a cer­tifi­cate of her nom­i­na­tion.

The National Awards were founded in 1994 to pro­mote pub­lic recog­ni­tion of in­spi­ra­tional ed­u­ca­tors and lead­ers in Aus­tralian schools. Ms Kelly said for a teacher to even get to the stage of nom­i­na­tion was an out­stand­ing achieve­ment.

“I am very proud to present this pres­ti­gious award be­cause I have never been at a school where a per­son has been nom­i­nated,” she said.

“It is Aus­tralia’s high­est hon­our in terms of teach­ing and I think about what a valu­able mark she must have left on the stu­dents to en­cour­age them to nom­i­nate her.”

Year 7 stu­dents Alysha Wad­ding and Jade Davis had their class­mates sign a pe­ti­tion to present to Ms Kelly af­ter see­ing a no­tice in the school news­let­ter.

“I’ve had Ms Vee as my teacher for the past two years and she is the best teacher I’ve ever had,” said Alysha.

National Awards are granted across four cat­e­gories in­clud­ing lead­er­ship and de­vel­op­ment, in­no­va­tion, com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and lan­guages other than English.

Ms Veen­stra said it was won­der­ful to be recog­nised by stu­dents and thanked the school for their sup­port.

STU­DENT NOM­I­NA­TIONS: Cannonvale State School prin­ci­pal An­gela Kelly pre­sented teacher Denise Veen­stra with a cer­tifi­cate of her nom­i­na­tion for the 2013 ASG National Ex­cel­lence in teach­ing awards with Year 7 stu­dents Alysha Wad­ding and Jade Davis at the school's assem­bly last week.

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