Iggy - the ACT's "New Educator of the Year"
We are delighted to announce that Teach For Australia Associate Igraine Ridley-Smith has been recognised for outstanding achievement in her school community by winning the “New Educator of the Year” award at the ACT Public Education Excellence Awards.
The awards celebrate staff members and volunteers who have demonstrated outstanding excellence, innovation and talent in their service to ACT Public Education. The ceremony was held on Friday 22 June 2012.
Teaching Maths and Science at Calwell High School, one of Iggy’s finest achievements has been to established the Calwell Tutoring Program – a service for students in low socio-economic families. It assists those who are struggling with learning, but also those who are gifted in certain areas. The program has allowed over 40 students to access one-on-one tutoring, using Igraine’s strong connection with tutors at the University of Canberra.
I feel very humbled to have received the New Educator’s Award because when I look around my school I can see so many teachers doing incredible things that deserve to be recognised. I am aware that I really am a new educator and I hope that I can continue to learn and grow in the knowledge and skills that I need to be a good teacher to my students.
Igraine's ambition to build new pathways toward a better future have provided new opportunities for staff, students and parents to connect to each other, to learning, and to the community. By all accounts, Iggy has made a remarkable impact as part of the Calwell High Community.