Department of Education Media Release
Secretary, Department of Education
28 March 2014
Two Tasmanian Government school teachers have received national awards in the Australian Scholarships Group’s (ASG) National Excellence in Teaching Awards at a ceremony in Melbourne today.
Jane Brooks from Ogilvie High School and Bobby Pedersen from Taroona Primary School join ten other teachers from across Australia, chosen from over 1550 nominations in 2013.
Department of Education Secretary Colin Pettit today congratulated Jane and Bobby for their outstanding contribution to teaching in Tasmania.
“Both teachers were nominated by their School Association and parents of students at their schools.
“Jane is Ogilvie High School’s Sports Coordinator and a Health and Physical Education teacher, organising around 200 different teams each year across 20 sports involving more than 400 girls.
“The School Association nominated Jane for giving her students confidence and belief in themselves, and encouraging students to make a lifelong commitment to their own health and physical activity.
“Bobby was nominated by parents at Taroona Primary School, in appreciation of the great results she has achieved with their children, helping to grow their confidence and abilities.
“She is a committed teacher, involved in a wide range of activities across the school community, and has also introduced the latest technology into her classroom, helping to mentor other teachers in these new teaching tools.”
Another Ogilvie High School teacher, Susan Bowler, has also recently been awarded with the Science Teachers’ Association of Tasmania’s Winifred Curtis Medal for Excellence in Science Education.
“This medal is awarded for science educators who demonstrate a longstanding commitment to science education, and Susan is a great example of this, inspiring her students every day in this important area of the curriculum.
“The Department is very proud of the achievements of these wonderful teachers, and their commitment and hard work in their respective school communities.
“We value their contribution to high quality education in Tasmania, along with all of our teachers, and thank them for their hard work.”
For more information on the 12 National Award recipients, including full profiles, go to: www.asg.com.au/2013-National-Award-Recipients