School of Teacher Education lecturer, Jan Page, on secondment to CSU from the NSW Department of Education and Training (NSW DET) received her award for “demonstrated excellence in the profession of teaching” during a ceremony at Government House in Sydney on Friday 15 November.
Ms Page, who will continue to teach CSU primary education students in 2003 said it was a “privilege and honour” to be recognised.
“In particular I think it is hugely important to recognise rural teachers. There is a lot of really good work being done in rural areas, and it’s important to get this message out,” she said.
“The award is an acknowledgement of my work, based on the achievements of my students. Teaching is all about student learning.”
The selection process for the award includes interviews with the nominated teacher, past and present students and colleagues, in addition to reviewing the teaching process.
“It also involved the development of a teaching portfolio which was a very good reflective process that enabled me to look at my career as a whole,” Ms Page said.
Ms Page was previously a teacher at Raglan Public School, and most recently was acting as a teaching consultant to the NSW DET, prior to her appointment to the CSU School of Teacher Education at Bathurst.
Last year, CSU lecturer Dr Leonora Ritter received the same honour.
The Australian College of Education is a professional body of educators.