Early childhood teacher receives high honours

DOMINIC College teacher Jane Doyle is one of three Tasmanian educators to receive national recognition in the ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA).

Selected from more than 1300 nominations, Mrs Doyle joined 60 state and territory recipients to be awarded the prestigious honour, including two fellow Tasmanians.

Nominated by the Dominic College Parents and Friends (P&F) group, she received the accolade in the category of early childhood.

P&F president Nicola Rayner said Mrs Doyle was a “huge asset” to the school, where she has worked for 12-years.

“She has a reputation in our community as a top-quality teacher who knows how children learn,” she said.

“Mrs Doyle engages the children in exciting learning processes and has deeply influenced the way technology positively supports student learning.”

Mrs Rayner particularly praised Mrs Doyle’s work in establishing literacy and numeracy workshop evening sessions for kinder to grade six parents.

“These sessions are having a tremendous impact on Dominic College’s partnership with parents,” Mrs Rayner said.

“All teachers are now involved in these wonderful, fun sessions and the uptake from parents is growing annually.”

Dominic College principal Beth Gilligan said Mrs Doyle’s positive “can do” attitude had led to great achievements at the school.

These included the establishment of the K-6 Japanese program, the successful Mamma Margaret Kitchen Garden Project and the ‘Scientists in School’ program.

Ms Gilligan said Mrs Rayner was renowned for her ability to develop an early love of reading in her students.

“Jane provides a differentiated approach that is varied to the needs of each student,” she said.

“She believes that developing a positive growth mindset is vital, as is developing creative thinking skills to solve problems.”

Ms Gilligan said that Mrs Doyle was also a “wonderful and generous” mentor to graduate and early career teachers at the college.

Now in its 22nd year, ASG NEiTA gives parents, grandparents, schools boards, councils and committees the opportunity to formally thank and recognise outstanding and dedicated teachers.

The final 12 national award winners will be announced in March 2017 in the categories of leadership and development, innovation and community engagement.

For more information about the ASG NEiTA awards, visit www.asg.com.au.

Caption: Dominic College teacher and ASG NEiTA Tasmanian award recipient Jane Doyle, middle, with Dominic College students, from left, Jett Umgeher, Chelsea Cooper, Lachlan McKay and Ava Millington.

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