Three TAFE Western students and a teacher have been recognised for their hard work and dedication to their studies and helping others with success at the prestigious 2015 NSW Regional Training Awards in Orange.
Jordan Sloane from Parkes won the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year category, Lilly Dawson from Lithgow was named School Based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year, Bourke’s Margaret Stewart won the Vocational Student of the Year category, while Parkes TAFE Western teacher Andrea Lovell was crowned VET Trainer/Teacher of the Year.
The award was thoroughly deserved for Ms Lovell, who is the teacher for Library Information Services Courses that TAFE Western Connect offers including: Certificate II TVET, Certificate III Information and Cultural Service, Certificate IV Library Information and Cultural Services and Diploma Library and Information Services.
“I was thrilled, surprised and honoured to win this award, especially because I was nominated by one of my students who also was a finalist in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the year category,” Ms Lovell said.
“This is the most rewarding accolade for any teacher – Your students showing their appreciation for the journey you have taken them on while supporting them to achieve their learning goals.”
TAFE Western Institute Director Kate Baxter paid tribute to Ms Lovell and all the award winners.
“Ms Lovell works hard writing and maintaining the most up-to-date course material and this combined with the work that she does nurturing, supporting and helping TAFE Western students is extremely valuable,” Ms Baxter said.
“Mr Sloane continues to excel in his operational works role with Parkes Shire Council, Ms Dawson is combining her studies at Lithgow High School with exceptional educational support work at Cooerwell Public School, and Ms Stewart is a valuable asset to the early education sector, filling her role as director of Bourke and District Preschool with enthusiasm and skill.
“For TAFE Western to have three students and one teacher win four of the seven categories at the NSW Regional Training Awards is very pleasing and shows that we are delivering first-class learning opportunities for our students.”