Amanda McCartney was among forty-four exemplary school and TAFE educators from around the state who have been recognised for their contributions to quality education with a 2012 Minister’s Quality Teaching Award.
Quality teaching by quality teachers is acknowledged as the key to success in schools and TAFE institutes.
Amanda was presented with this prestigious award for excellence in teaching by the Hon Adrian Piccoli MP, Minister for Education, at a ceremony in Sydney last week.
Amanda’s work for TAFE Western is far reaching, seeing her develop and coordinate training right across New South Wales.
She has pioneered innovative training programs for engaging ‘at risk’ school students with exceptional results. Amanda also fosters strong partnerships with industry to develop quality innovative training of national significance.
Amanda develops her staff to ensure the best outcomes for the individual and the organisation through mentoring and providing training opportunities to extend skills and capabilities.
“We know that teaching is the single largest in-school predictor of success at school, and this is equally true for TAFE students” Minister Piccoli said.
“It is what teachers know, do and care about which is a very powerful influence in teaching.
“Great teachers have a rich repertoire of teaching strategies and know how and when to use these strategies to optimise learning.
“What impresses me particularly is the rich variety of skills, interests and achievement shown by these teachers, who have earned the respect of their colleagues, principals, institute directors and communities,” he said.