Teacher recognised for excellence
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.