Celebrating our Teachers with Gladly Teach Honours and Research Grants
L-R: Michele Scott, Junior School and Janet Lloyd, Senior School, winners of our 2016 And Gladly Teach awards.
This week the School took a moment to pay special tribute to our amazing staff for International Teachers’ Day. It is our custom to present the And Gladly Teach award to a teacher in the Junior School and Senior School on this annual day of celebration. This award was started by Judith Wheeldon to recognise the outstanding teaching here at Abbotsleigh. There is an honour board on both campuses to provide a history of those who have received this teaching award each year.
Abbotsleigh is blessed with wonderful teaching staff and all teachers are dedicated to working together to provide a rich learning environment for all students. The recipient of the award is chosen from nominations forthcoming from the teaching staff and uses the Staff Mission Statement for the criteria.
Staff Mission Statement
Abbotsleigh is an Anglican School with a mission to educate girls in a caring Christian environment. In providing a rich learning culture
Abbotsleigh staff will strive to:
Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to educational best practice in meeting the academic and pastoral needs of the students
Embody the characteristics of passion, integrity, courage and wisdom
Embrace lifelong learning, personal development and innovative change whilst respecting the traditions of the school
Create a collaborative, supportive environment of mutual respect and compassion
This year the Junior School And Gladly Teach award was presented to Mrs Michele Scott for her passion for STEAM and inquiry based learning. Michele is interested in the benefits of maker education and worked as part of a group who completed the Harvard Project Zero ‘Thinking and Learning in the Maker-Centred Classroom’ course. She is now working across campuses to complete a course called Tinkering Fundamentals: A Constructionist Approach to STEM Learning.
L-R: Michele Scott and Sally Ruston.
Michele is exceptional in both her pastoral care for her students’ and her mentoring of colleagues. She exhibits outstanding qualities as a teacher and leader both within the Infant classes and as a role model for all students and staff in the Junior School. Michele’s passion for learning and as an educator is evidenced by her willingness to present at various workshops and conferences. Her promotion of STEAM and inquiry based learning has inspired teachers at Abbotsleigh and beyond. Michele documents student learning skilfully so that student voice is clearly represented in her classroom. She believes in students as powerful learners and embraces the ideas that are evident in Reggio Emilia. Staff are inspired by Michele’s infectious enthusiasm and extensive knowledge, and have greatly appreciated the opportunity of working collaboratively with her.
The Senior School And Gladly Teach award was presented to Mrs Janet Lloyd for her enthusiasm in promoting languages through excellent teaching. Janet is passionate about sharing her knowledge of other languages and cultures with the students and staff – an invaluable asset to educating 'global citizens' and global awareness. She has increased (and is still working on increasing) the number of international school tours and exchanges. She is never afraid to take on more work to make sure students get offered an opportunity that may change their lives and that will stay in their memory forever.
L-R: Janet Lloyd and Judith Poole.
Janet not only leads the Languages Department in an absolutely remarkable way but she always applies the highest commitment to her teaching and the care of her students. Her calm and positive manner make everyone feel comfortable to speak to her about school related issues and also personal challenges that her department encounters. She always makes time to listen and give her valued professional and personal advice – for students and colleagues alike.
Research Grants awarded
On International Teachers’ Day we were also able to offer the inaugural Foundation Staff Research Grants. These grants are made possible through wise investment of the Foundation and the generous donations from parents who want to support the excellent teaching and learning by our fine teachers.
It is my great pleasure to announce that the Junior School recipient is Ms Nicole Hunt who will be studying the Mathematics and the Maker Movement; Can we harness Maker Education in order to increase student engagement in Mathematics? This is timely research as we continue with our focus of making things to discover and experiment with solutions to physical problems in an interdisciplinary context.
The Senior School recipient is Ms Mary Ann Grant who will be exploring How technology is used in the Mathematics classrooms on a global and national level and more specifically, technology and the mathematics experience for the Abbotsleigh girl. Both research projects will align with our strategic direction and will benefit our learners and develop our teachers.
L-R: Dr Julie Wilson Reynolds, Judith Poole, Mary Ann Grant and Donna Moffatt.