Jindalee State School
According to a colleague, Caitlin Pfrunder’s work ethic is like the Queensland State of Origin team.
She always gives everything she’s got, and has dedicated her career to improving the lives of Year 5 and 6 students at Jindalee State School.
She understands the needs of her students, and expertly creates tasks that meet their specific needs to help them succeed in learning.
One of her many strengths is in teaching students with special needs.
Caitlin shows an admirable dedication to her work through the development and implementation of individualised support programs that ensure her special needs students have every opportunity to access the curriculum.
All students benefit from Caitlin’s efforts, in her organised and engaging classroom where students are encouraged to take risks in their own learning.
It’s her attention to detail and extraordinary efforts to personally know her students that makes parents and staff regard Caitlin as a caring and highly respected teacher.
She also takes responsibility for many extracurricular activities at the school – such as coaching sporting teams and coordinating practices for the Tournament of Minds competition.
To help her colleagues in their own teaching, Catilin often contributes to the school’s OneSchool portal, where she uploads successful unit plans – going above and beyond what is expected of one staff member.
A colleague says Caitlin is a vital member of the year level teaching team and “Although Caitlin is only a few years out of the ‘beginning teacher’ phase of her career, her knowledge of teaching strategies and ability to meet the needs of her students are exceptional”.
Congratulations Caitlin on your nomination.
Written by Mark Zita.