I have been lucky enough to be seconded twice to the Media Team at my primary employer building upon my experience as a freelance writer. Both secondments were centred around lending support in the lead-up to the TEACHX Awards.
The Queensland College of Teachers is the registration authority for teachers in the state of Queensland. Every year they do a call out for nominations of teachers from the community.
In 2019, the QCT received over 200 nominations and during my secondment I wrote pieces on 115 of the nominees while others were tasked to write the rest.
This year there were almost 400 nominations received of which 74 were shortlisted.
Out of those 74 shortlisted I wrote pieces based off their nomination forms on 24 of them.
They are as follows according to their nomination category.
Excellence in Teaching
Excellent Leadership in Teaching and Learning
Excellence in Beginning to Teach
Innovation in Teaching
Outstanding Contribution to Teaching
Outstanding Contribution to School Community
The TEACHX Awards are just one way to celebrate the hard work and challenges teachers face and the appreciation that we have for the role they perform in our society. I was grateful to write about them and celebrate them along with so many other hard working and talented colleagues.
The publishing of the shortlisted nominees was the culmination of three weeks of intense work but already I was consumed with interviewing and writing about the Finalists in each category.
Hence there are links to only shortlisted nominees that I wrote about that did not later become Finalists who were interviewed and written about by me or my manager.
If you click on any of the links you will find a story about an extraordinary teacher and person.