Principal of St Anthony’s School, Kedron, Martin Wilkie, believes if every student could have a Mrs Cashman Queensland would be a smarter and happier place.
Ann Cashman’s teaching captures children’s imaginations and fills them with enthusiasm, making them eager to learn new words, read more books, write stories and poems and explore planets and the wonder of the world around them.
Ann is equally passionate about promoting deep understanding of numeracy skills in the early years through enquiry, purposeful play and practice. Utilising thinking strategies in all facets of her students' learning is a critical element of her approach.
She makes every child feel important as she listens to them recount their weekend before turning it into a writing exercise. Students are made to feel valued, respected and welcome in a safe and supported learning space.
Parents are warmly encouraged to be involved in classroom activities throughout the week and while they are there, Ann subtly models how parents can support and extend their children’s learning at home.
Open classrooms, a nativity play, and a space presentation provided opportunities for students to proudly demonstrate their learning progress and for parents to gain further insight into their children’s learning. The nativity play was also performed for the local Samaritans.
Ann simultaneously uses a range of strategies to bring out the best in each student and enables them to match their learning with their interests.
She quickly gets to know each child and builds a genuine relationship with them and children are eager to learn and please her.
Congratulations Ann on your QCT Excellence in Teaching Award nomination.