Last week, Human Resource Services hosted the inaugural Teacher Accreditation Recognition Awards at the Campbelltown Catholic Club. The ceremony is a new initiative under the Diocese’s Rewards and Recognition Program, acknowledging the achievements of our teachers who have reached significant milestones in their teaching careers; Proficient or Lead Teacher Accreditation.
The event began with Principals, CEDoW Leadership staff, awardees and their guests, to congratulatory drinks and canapés in the Kyūbi Modern Asian Restaurant, followed by a formal ceremony. 55 Proficient Teachers and two Lead Teachers were recognised, awarded with specifically designed CEDoW framed certificates and pins.
Gayle McMahon, Team Leader of Leadership and Professional Growth, acknowledged the Proficient Teachers for their contribution and influence to the learning and wellbeing of the many students in our schools.
“Attaining Proficient Teacher status has required these teachers to become reflective practitioners, an important quality for effective teaching. Hopefully the journey to Proficient Teacher accreditation has provided these teachers with experiences to set them on a pathway to a successful ministry in teaching”.
Additionally, the Diocese’s two Lead Teachers, Kaylene Costello-Duffin from St Michael's, Thirroul and Kristy South from Nazareth, Shellharbour City, were considerably commended.
“The award of Lead Teacher signifies and acknowledges the high level of professionalism, expertise and skill, contribution to the school and system and recognises the leadership exercised by these exemplary teachers” said Gayle McMahon.
“Our two recipients are to be congratulated for their commitment to making a difference not only to students in their classrooms but to their colleague teachers who have been influenced and benefitted from their commitment, dedication and persistence. Lead Teacher is a significant achievement, one that to date has been achieved by only a few. You are the role models for our Proficient Teachers, you exemplify our aspirations for teaching”.
The Director of Schools, Peter Turner, concluded the event, publicly congratulating the awardees and expressing both his pride and appreciation of their expertise, skill and excellence.