Our nation’s best teacher

JANE Doyle, coordinator of teaching and learning for kindergarten to year two at Dominic College, has been awarded ‘Teacher of the Year’ at the Australian Education Awards in Sydney.

Dominic College had two teachers shortlisted for this year’s national awards – Mrs Doyle and Mr Mike O’Brien (nominated for Head of Faculty Award).

Mrs Doyle said she was overwhelmed to win the prestigious Australian Teacher of the Year Award for 2018.

“I honestly was not expecting to be recognised in such a way,” she said.

“I have since realised through all of the lovely messages I have received from our community and many of our old scholars that I have made a difference in many students’ lives.

“This is the heart of my teaching and why I am a teacher.”

Mrs Doyle has more than 30 years’ experience in a variety of classroom and leadership roles.

She has driven innovations such as the Dominic College garden beds, the Kitchen Garden program ‘Mamma Margaret’s Kitchen’ and the Japanese program for kindergarten to year six.

Mrs Doyle successfully developed the College’s environmental commitment and gained a grant for the installation of water tanks and solar panels, as well as initiating College involvement in the Scientists in Schools program.

Dominic College parents are grateful to Mrs Doyle for working with teachers to establish annual evening parent literacy and numeracy workshops to support parents at home with fun literacy and numeracy games and tasks.

This is making a real difference to empowering parents as the primary educators.

Dominic College principal Beth Gilligan said that both Mr O’Brien and Mrs Doyle had been “outstanding educational leaders” at the College.

She said the essence of their leadership was that they were quality, exemplar classroom teachers who have kept improving their practice.

The Australian Education Awards recognise qualities such as consistent high standards of teaching, innovation in developing students and supporting their learning, commitment to professional development and collaboration with colleagues to address student learning needs.

Ms Gilligan said Mrs Doyle was continuing to demonstrate these qualities.

“Jane is devoted and committed to all students reaching their full potential and is a teacher who not only understands excellence in teaching and learning, but has set her mind and heart on how to achieve excellence with her students,” she said.

“Nothing gives Jane more pleasure than seeing students learn.

“She believes every child can learn and her motto is: mistakes aren’t wrong, they’re steps to helping us learn the right answers.”

Ms Gilligan said Mrs Doyle had immersed children in books and was developing within students an early love of reading.

Caption: Dominic College teacher Jane Doyle has won ‘Teacher of the Year’ at the Australian Education Awards. Pictured with her Dominic College students.