Full list: Every finalist in prestigious Qld teaching awards
Queensland's most outstanding teachers have been recognised for their profound impact on Sunshine State schools with thirty finalists named in the state's most prestigious teaching accolade.
The finalists vying for the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) TEACHX Awards, which are sponsored by The Courier-Mail, have been revealed.
Queensland Teachers are recognised as finalists for their work in connecting pupils with NASA, teaching drone piloting and podcasting, encouraging students to save the Great Barrier Reef and endangered animals, and sharing hundreds of YouTube lessons to help others during COVID-19.
Among the teachers nominated for the top gong is 82-year-old Dell Rathbone, a trailblazing teacher who has educated three generations of students in her 65-year career.
After signing up to become a teacher at 14, Ms Rathbone has taught in schools across Brisbane, Texas, Western Queensland and Ipswich, and is a finalist for the Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Award.
She has innovated teaching for students in extreme poverty with no resources, and adapted teaching methods for students who struggled in the classroom before Autism was recognised in the medical community and greatly influenced bringing about more inclusive education.
Since 1994, Ms Rathbone has worked at West Moreton Anglican College (WestMAC) where she has held countless roles, including Head of ESL and Learning Support, helping students' with diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
WestMAC Deputy Principal Janelle Lecinski said Ms Rathbone was a stalwart of the Ipswich educational community who had a profound impact on her students.
"She is the teacher who arrives at a private residence to quietly place a four-leaf clover and well wishes on the windscreen of a student's car on the morning of a stats exam," Ms Lecinski said.
"She is the teacher who walks beside a student whose journey with unexpected vision impairment commences in Year 9 and who graduates with unimagined success.
"She is the teacher who three times a week tutors beside the hospital bed of a student whose mental health issues confine her to a specialist ward for most of Year 12."
On being nominated for the award Ms Rathbone said it was "quite staggering."
"I have never thought I did anything particularly great, I'm just extremely fortunate that there is someone happy to employ me because we live in an age that some people just get discarded along the way," she said.
"The job has changed a lot, I think it's a marvellous career opportunity for women now … I enjoy the job, the kids keep me in the job."
QCT Board Chair Emeritus Professor Wendy Patton said the 2020 TEACHX Awards congratulated the exceptional work of teachers across Queensland, especially amid COVID-19.
"We saw teachers rapidly flip the way they taught to ensure students received the best education possible during the COVID-19 remote learning period," she said.
"We saw an increased appreciation of the crucial role that teachers play in their communities, and we'd like to thank everyone who took the time to nominate a teacher or school leader in our awards."
The winners will be announced at a virtual awards ceremony on October 29 on the eve of World Teachers' Day celebrations in Queensland.
FULL LIST OF FINALISTS REVEALED:
Outstanding Contribution to Teaching
John Alloway, Ignatius Park College
John Aloizos, Yeronga State High School
Ping Ding, Marsden State High School
Pearl Donovan, Queensland Academies Health Sciences Campus
Dell Rathbone, West Moreton Anglican College
Outstanding Contribution to School Community
Chantelle Amson, Nambour Special School
Ron Armstrong, The Cathedral College
Carly Bell, Clermont State High School
Cathy Nixon, Cairns West State School
Margaret Sherrington, Mabel Park State High School
Excellence in Beginning to Teach
Peita Bates, Maryborough State High School
Alexandra Calligaris, Maroochydore State High School
Matalena Daniells, Centenary State High School
Sophie Gruhl, Mabel Park State High School
Michael King, John Paul College
Excellence in Teaching
Jodi Audoss, Silkstone State School
Song Huang, Yeronga State High School
Cecilia Kovacic, Maryborough State High School
Matthew Lourigan, Loreto College
Joel Speranza, Ormiston College
Innovation in Teaching
Amy Freeman, Mackay District Special School
Gavin Jones, Mabel Park State High School
Cameron Lynch, Marsden State High School
Brett Murphy, Belgian Gardens State School
Christopher Pacey, St Patrick's College, Townsville
Excellent Leadership in Teaching and Learning
Donald Cameron, Marsden State High School
Susan Dalton, Miami State High School
Keith Graham, Rochedale State School
Ben Habermehl, Yeronga State High School
Meredith Wenta, Kirwan State High School
Originally published as Full list: Every finalist in prestigious Qld teaching awards