29 October 2010

Goodna Teaching mentor Rechelle Edwards top of the class

Rechelle Edwards from Westside Christian College was
recently awarded for her excellence in education and teaching.

WESTSIDE Christian College junior school mentor, Rechelle Edwards, has joined an elite group of teachers who will be rewarded as part of World Teachers' Day today.

Ms Edwards was nominated by her peers for the National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA) for her work in guiding the education of more than 200 students from prep to year three at the Goodna school.

She was announced as a winner today – one of only 15 from schools in Queensland.

A humble Ms Edwards said she was delighted to have received the recognition.

"I think the best thing about working here is that the kids love learning and the parents are interested in their kids' schooling – and half the battle is won when that happens," she said.

"I also have a dedicated staff.

"I may have been the one nominated but it takes a team of great people to make it a great place here."

In addition to her work around the classrooms, where she oversees the curriculum for the 220 junior students, Ms Edwards also plays an influential role in extra-curricular activities.

In its profile, NEiTA said Ms Edwards hosted the college's open nights and the annual celebration night concert.

"Rechelle also encourages student participation in dance eisteddfods, book week parades, sport carnivals and service to others projects," NEiTA said.

She also volunteers at her local church and is a worship leader and praise singer.

A teacher for the past 10 years, Ms Edwards said incorporating new technology would be an important part of improving kids' education.

"I think the teachers here have been willing to change and go with the times in an effort to make things more interactive for kids," she said.

"Being able to incorporate that into their learning has been very valuable and its such a positive 
Ms Edwards will be presented with her award at assembly on Monday morning.


World Teachers' Day was started on October 5, 1994 by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

More than 100 countries observe the day including India, Africa, America and Europe.

The day aims to mobilise support for teachers.

This year's theme 'recovery begins with teachers', celebrates the role of teachers in recovery from natural disasters and economic crises.

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