Carolyn was presented the award at the Association's Annual Conference held at Parramatta on September 14.
Carolyn says the win came as a total surprise.
"A colleague had mentioned earlier in the year that I was being nominated for an award but receiving the award was total surprise. I wasn't even suspicious when people started persuading me to attend the Annual Conference," she said.
Carolyn was born in Cowra and attended school there. She has been involved with TAFE NSW for the last 16 years, first as a part-time teacher and full time since 1991. In her current role as an Educational Leader for the Faculty of Business, Arts and Information Technology, Carolyn works across the whole Western Institute which extends from Lithgow to Broken Hill and north to the Queensland border.
During her time with TAFE NSW, Carolyn has taught in Cowra, Orange and Sydney (Ultimo) and she says TAFE has helped her further her own education.
"I started with Teacher Training at University of Technology Sydney (UTS) via block mode, but later I was awarded a full scholarship to complete a Masters of Education at UTS. Since then I completed a Masters of Business Administration at CSU via Distance Education," Carolyn said.
Carolyn's current projects in Faculty of Business, Arts and Information technology are focussed on three areas:
Carolyn was presented the award by General Manager TAFE Strategy, Ms Chris Burvill
"Educational leadership is a critical factor for TAFE NSW. It provides a sense of vision, ethics and strategic direction for the organisation to act upon. It enables teams to work effectively and to occur throughout the organisation, and with other organisations to enable TAFE NSW to meet its objectives and to be acknowledged for its excellence in the provision of Technical and Further Education," she said.The TAFE NSW Managers' Association Inc is a professional association committed to promoting best practice in vocational education and training. The association is affiliated with AUSTAFE, the professional association of TAFE managers across Australia.