Two of TAFE Western's teachers have been ranked in the top seven teachers in western NSW and rewarded for top service to public education.
Neil Milton, Teacher-in-Charge, Manufacturing and Jenny Hazelton, Head Teacher, Welfare were amongst seven teachers from western NSW who were presented with awards for excellent service to public education by the Director-General of the NSW Department of Education and Communities, Dr Michele Bruniges AM in Sydney today (Tuesday, 4 December).
Dr Bruniges congratulated Jenny and Neil on being named as a 2012 winner of the Director-General’s Award for Excellent Service to Public Education. The TAFE Western winners joined 23 others from around the state at the award ceremony.
Dr Bruniges said that the annual awards are presented to individuals who have made a significant contribution to public education and training in New South Wales.
“They are outstanding examples of the dedication of staff who work in and with schools and TAFE colleges in this state,” Dr Bruniges said.
The Awards will be presented to individuals whose efforts have led to improvement to the teaching and learning environment at their school, Institute, regional or state office and/or to student learning outcomes.
“All 30 recipients for 2012 embody the commitment to excellence that is recognised by the Awards,” Dr Bruniges said.
“That commitment is a wonderful reflection of the dedication and expertise that educators, departmental staff, parents and community volunteers, bring to public education and training every day.
The recipient’s service to public education and training is outstanding.”
“It is these individuals’ dedication and commitment that makes our public education and training system world-class,” Dr Bruniges said.
“It is often the case that those who best exemplify excellence in commitment and practice are the least likely to make their work known, so it is doubly important that we take the opportunity to recognise their contribution publicly.”
“I offer my personal congratulations to all recipients of this year’s awards,” Dr Bruniges said.
Nominations for the Director-General’s Award for Excellent Service to Public Education can come from within the ranks of teachers in primary and secondary public schools or in TAFE NSW colleges or campus; principals; regional or state office curriculum consultants, administrators, school or TAFE NSW administrative and support staff, parents, community volunteers or members of the wider community.
The TAFE Western winners’ citations read:
Jenny Hazelton, Head Teacher Welfare has a strong commitment to the Institute, its students and the region’s community services and health organisations. She excels as a teacher and leader.
Jenny has made an outstanding contribution to the development and implementation of community services and health programs which have become showcases for the Institute. These include Aboriginal Health Work, Enrolled Nursing at the Orange Campus, Mental Health First Aid and a number of customised training packages for industry groups.
Jenny leads the team that has implemented Aboriginal Health Work training at the Institute and her team has now trained more than two thirds (81 of the 120) of the Aboriginal Health Workforce in Western New South Wales, with an 80% successful completion rate.
Jenny Hazelton is an outstanding advocate for TAFE NSW and the role public education can play in enhancing outcomes for individuals and communities.
Neil Milton is the Teacher in Charge of Manufacturing and manages training in a diverse range of discipline areas including food processing, laboratory operations, water industry operations, waste management, cleaning operations, civil construction and road transport. He also provides high quality training in correctional centres, for industry and in the region’s remote communities. He is a specialist in innovative community and work-place based training. He also coordinates more than 200 trainees.
Neil has been vital in the Institute’s work with the Manildra Group of companies which won the Employer of the Year Category at the 2009 NSW Training Awards.
Neil Milton always exceeds customer expectations with accessible and timely customised training. He has shown a commitment to public education over many years through his service to students and industry in Western New South Wales. His ‘can do’ attitude is model for all Department staff.