Alice Elwell, from Cleveland District State High School, combines research expertise with knowledge of her students to create dynamic learning experiences.
She has recently completed her thesis for a research-based Master’s degree in Educational Studies, earning a distinction, and has recently commenced part-time study of a Doctor of Philosophy in Education.
Alice drew on her research base when designing and implementing Ignite, an extension programme for academic high-performers that provides students with opportunities to extend themselves beyond the classroom through workshops, excursions and special events.
Alice’s passion for the subject of English lead her to start a Literary Magazine so students could showcase their work to the wider school community. She consistently brings her research and outstanding knowledge base to both her national curriculum and International Baccalaureate classroom contexts.
“The minute the door opens you know Alice has entered the room. Whether she is dressed up for Halloween as a hotdog or is discussing her obsession with the Boston Celtics, this awesome educator is all about engaging students with her dynamic, contemporary knowledge base”, colleague Sharon Hendy-Moman said.
“As a colleague, I observe Alice expertly delivering complex curriculum with precise and deliberate intent to maximise student learning. In particular her feedback cycle (both written and verbal) to students is accurate and intense, offering advice that always delivers high yield results for her learners.”
Her professionalism and determination have taken her senior debating team to the Queensland Debating Union quarterfinals.
Alice is the ultimate professional and her dedication to the teaching profession is reflected in her commitment to her ongoing higher education studies. Through her daily practice, Alice ensures the school community understands that critical thinking is the most important asset a global citizen can possess.
Congratulations Alice on your Excellence in Teaching Award nomination.