Initially trained as a Commerce and Information Technology teacher, Hannah Grimwood has proven to be a talented Geography teacher whose passion for the area has seen a boost in student enrolments in the subject at Mackay North State High School (MNSHS).
Her exceptional commitment and attention to detail around curriculum development has led to her leading a team of teachers to design a new Junior Geography program. This year she is responsible for planning and preparing the Senior Geography curriculum for 2019.
Hannah’s professional commitment extends to extra-curricular activities. The MNSHS netball coordinator and coach is the team manager of Capricornia Basketball, designs the school’s magazine, organises school camps and runs light and sound for school events.
Hannah is also a panel observer, a Queensland Teachers’ Union representative, an academic reviewer, a technology trial reviewer and an active participant in school events including the MNSHS fun run, Colour Run and ANZAC Day.
These extra-curricular activities help Hannah to build on respectful student relationships, which enriches her already evidenced-based teaching in the classroom.
MNSHS principal Catherine Rolfe says Hannah is an asset to the profession.
“Hannah is an exemplary young teacher, who is a role model to others,” Catherine says.
“She has exemplary skills when operating in a team. She is professional in all her dealings. She is sensitive, empathetic, and caring for students and colleagues,” she says.
“Hannah’s curriculum development is excellent. She is diligent in her attention to detail. She is innovative and open to new ideas and approaches in order to assist her students to achieve.”
MNSHS Head of Department – SOSE, Geraldine Sticklan, says Hannah has demonstrated an ability to teach across multiple faculties, including Social Science, English, Vocational Education and Training, and Business.
Hannah is currently teaching full-time in Social Sciences and English.
“Hannah has demonstrated her ability to draw on professional knowledge and learning to assist students in gaining the skills required to lead successful and productive lives,” Geraldine says.
Congratulations Hannah on your nomination for the QCT Excellence in Beginning to Teach Award.