The University of Newcastle, Australia

Premier's Teacher Scholarships help teachers excel

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Four UON teaching alumni are among the 19 teachers from across the state recognised for their commitment to quality education with a 2015 Premier's Teacher Scholarship.

The scholarships were presented by Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli, at a presentation on Saturday, 29 August.

"Eight of this year's recipients are rural and remote educators, highlighting the valuable contribution our regional teachers make and the importance placed on continuing their development," Mr Piccoli said.

The 2015 program saw 325 applications for the 19 scholarships across 12 program areas.

All NSW teachers from government and non-government schools and TAFE NSW Institutes are eligible to apply for the scholarship.

The four UON alumni rewarded with a scholarship are:

Premier's Adobe Information and Communication Technologies Scholarship

Darcy Moore (UON Graduate Diploma in Education; Bachelor of Arts)

Teaching at: Dapto High School

As part of this scholarship, Darcy is entitled to spend up to five weeks immersed in the study of aspects of Information and Communication Technologies Education relevant to NSW curriculum/courses.

Premier's Anika Foundation Youth Depression Awareness Scholarship

Cale Wallace (UON Bachelor of Education)

Teaching at: Callaghan College, Wallsend Campus

This scholarship aims to help prevent depression in young people, or raise awareness of youth depression in schools. With this scholarship, Cale intends on visiting New York, Canada, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Paris to see how different models are implemented to maximize results.

Premier's IOOF Centre for Educational and Medical Research Itinerant Support Teacher (Vision) Scholarship

Galiema Gool (UON Master of Special Education)

Teaching at: Corrimal Public School

This scholarship enables an itinerant support teacher (vision) to undertake research and investigation into aspects of teaching and learning for students who are visually impaired.

Premier's PwC Leadership Scholarship

Richard Ford (UON Master of Leadership and Management in Education)

Teaching at: St Andrews Cathedral School, Sydney

This scholarship aims to help teachers develop their leadership capability by studying aspects of Educational Leadership or attending courses relevant to NSW settings.

The recipients will participate in study tours, where they'll visit the world's best schools and centres of education. When they return to the classroom they will be inspired with new knowledge and skills.

The scholarships were first awarded in 1999, and in this time, more than 370 teachers across NSW have been awarded a scholarship – applying their knowledge to NSW schools upon their return.

Professor John Fischetti, Head of School and Dean School of Education/Faculty of Education and Arts says the Minister's announcement today is really exciting news for the School of Education and the University.

"Teachers really are surgeons: every lesson they lead with the precision of their teaching scalpel changes lives. These award winners are the best of the best and we congratulate them and thank them for the difference they make every day. We are proud of their success and their continued growth ahead as a result of this award."

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