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New teachers develop skills to provide life-long benefits for Logan students

Published: 1 September 2016

New teachers develop skills to provide life-long benefits for Logan students
The first teachers from the Logan City Teacher Education Centre of Excellence program celebrate their graduation.

Seven state school teachers from the City of Logan have become "leaders of learning" after recently graduating from the Logan City Teacher Education Centre of Excellence. The Centre of Excellence was established to attract and retain best-fit teachers for local schools following the 2013 Logan: City of Choice Summit.

Through the summit, the community identified that appropriate resourcing to support our city's young people was a priority for education in Logan.

As a result, the City of Choice Leadership Team advocated to the State Government to establish the Centre of Excellence, and the program began in 2015.

Professor Lesley Chenoweth AO, the Education Portfolio leader for the City of Choice Leadership Team, and Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of Griffith University Logan Campus, said the teachers were making a real difference in their students' lives.

"We applaud their commitment and dedication to their studies and their new students," she said.

"The City of Choice Leadership team is proud to support their efforts to transform children's lives through education in the City of Logan.

"We congratulate the Department of Education and Training on its vision to establish the Teacher Education Centre for Excellence and its ongoing support to see it become part of the fabric of Logan's education landscape."

The seven teachers are the first graduates of the program and were mentored by Marg Williams, who is the Head of Mentoring at the Centre of Excellence.

The mentoring and development program aims to build the capability, readiness and resilience of early-career teachers so they can have a positive influence on their students and leave a lasting legacy within their schools.

The teachers are also guided by their principals and school-based mentors, and benefit from strong partnerships within each of their school's communities to continue to grow in their careers.

The teachers who graduated from the Leaders of Learning program were:

  • Crestmead State School Year 4 teacher, Joel Anderson
  • Springwood Central State School Year 5/6 teacher, Danielle Nash
  • Windaroo Valley State High School creative arts and history teacher, Laura Dean
  • Mabel Park State High School science, physical education and maths teacher, Renae White
  • Mabel Park State School Year 4 teacher, Eliza Childs
  • Berrinba East State School Year 1 teacher, Chloe Doherty
  • Berrinba East State School Year 5 teacher, Kelly Pillinger.

Peers, principals and mentors made moving, heartfelt speeches to recognise the talent and dedication of the graduates.