Primary school teacher Miss Amy Cahill at Matthew Flinders Anglican College on the Sunshine Coast has been selected as one of 13 winners in the National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA) 2023.
Miss Cahill was the only educator in Queensland to win the prestigious National Excellence inn Teaching Apple Award and a $5,000 professional development grant from the NEiTA Foundation.
The NEiTA Foundation received over 2,500 nominations and conducted over 50 video interviews to reach its 2023 final shortlist.
The Foundation recognises teachers and leaders who represent excellence and help to advance education at local, regional or national levels.
In awarding Amy, NEiTA noted, “Amy was nominated a teacher of unequal commitment, not only to the students in her care but to the provision of extensive co-curricular opportunities for students P-12, particularly in Dance and Musical Theatre. Her passion for creative arts drives her to provide rich opportunities for students in this pursuit.”
Head of Primary, Mrs Trudi Edwards, said Miss Cahill’s award win was an outstanding achievement for her as an educator and another proud endorsement for the College.
The Flinders Primary School was named the Australian Primary School of the Year (Non-Government) in the 2023 Educator Awards.
“Miss Amy Cahill has been recognised for her commitment to quality teaching and active and passionate involvement in our co-curricular program at Flinders,” Mrs Edwards said.
“We are fortunate to have Amy as part of our dedicated Primary School staff team.”
Amy said she was thrilled to receive a National Excellence in Teaching Award and found her role as an educator to be “incredibly rewarding”.
“Children possess an innate sense of joy, curiosity and creativity that can teach us, as adults, to appreciate the small wonders of life,” Amy said.
“As an educator, I wholeheartedly encourage and support my students to embrace their curiosity, ask questions and find joy in learning,” she said.
“I strive to infuse creativity into the content I teach, fostering a lifelong love for learning, and to ensure that every student experiences a sense of belonging and empowerment – both in the classroom and beyond through co-curricular experiences.
“Knowing that I am shaping the future by educating and preparing the next generation of leaders, professionals, and innovators gives me a profound sense of purpose. I love my job!”
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