2017 Scholarship Winners
Cynthia Jobe-Parker, Teacher, Lakes Grammar (NSW)
Cynthia runs a number of clubs in her school focusing on upskilling students in the digital space and is a Seesaw Ambassador and a Google-certified teacher. She runs two coding clubs and a robotics club in her own time at lunch and after school. With her scholarship funding provided by NGS, Cynthia plans to focus on her professional development and is interested in attending the 2018 ISTE Conference, a premier educational technology conference in Chicago, USA. Cynthia has a desire to increase her knowledge of ways to integrate technology into education more effectively. She plans to share her learnings with other teachers in the Hunter Regional Independent Schools network and wider education sector.
Brett Salakas, Teacher, MLC School (NSW)
Brett is the founder of #aussieED, a popular online network of teachers, for teachers in Australia. With his scholarship funding provided by NGS, Brett will be embarking on a study tour to Chicago to attend the 2018 International Society for Technology in Education Conference (ISTE), one of the largest ed-tech conferences in the world. Brett intends to digitally-record his experience so he can share his learnings with other teachers in Australia.
Margaret Jordan, Teacher and Head of Data Analysis, Abbotsleigh School (NSW)
Margaret is a mathematics teacher and Head of Data Analysis at Abbotsleigh School in NSW and this year, has established a ‘Data Network’ of likeminded educators whose focus is to utilise data for school improvement. With her scholarship funding, Margaret will embark on a study tour of schools both in NSW and interstate which fall under the umbrella of the Association of Independent Schools and which are utilising data to improve teaching, learning and student welfare in a meaningful way.
Mark Fielding, Teacher, St Stephen’s School (WA)
Mark was instrumental in establishing and developing partnerships between St Stephen’s and the Yiyili and Purnululu Aboriginal Schools in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia, culminating in the signing of Memoranda of Understanding in 2015 with the elders of the school communities. The scholarship funding provided by NGS will be used to further develop the schools’ learning links and partnership with the Yiyili and Purnululu Schools, with an aim to foster teacher exchanges between the schools.
Victor Calleja, Library Assistant, St Columba College (SA)
Victor is a library assistant at St Columba College in South Australia and with his scholarship funding is planning to undertake a study tour of select schools in Manchester, England, known to have some of the best libraries and resource centres in the world. Victor plans to share his learnings with Catholic independent schools and the Department for Education and Child Development in South Australia to foster discussion on how Australian schools can bring resource centres to a world-class level.
Peter Garside, Teacher, Abbotsleigh School (NSW)
Peter is a secondary school mathematics teacher at Abbotsleigh School and the founder of Systematic, a puzzle-based tool used to engage students in a number of symbolic learning tasks as well as mathematics and numeracy. The scholarship funding provided by NGS will help Peter to further develop his pre-existing digital resource and distribute the tool to schools across Australia, providing teachers with a resource they can use to individually target their students, particularly in communities where resources are scarce and communities have untrained mathematics teachers.
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