Before school, after school, and at lunchtime you will find Jacob Hicks with students–some who are struggling, some who want to get ahead, and others who are just inspired by his teaching.
Corinda State High School principal Helen Jamieson says Jacob is one of the best beginning teachers she has ever observed and received feedback on.
“His commitment to value-adding to student outcomes is a credit to him; he has comprehensive data plans to ensure his teaching responds to the range of learners in his classes,” Helen says.
“Jacob dedicates significant time to planning and differentiating curriculum… He is looked up to by his colleagues for his approaches. He rises to all the challenges.”
Deputy Principal Nathan Rye says Jacob’s forte is engaging lessons.
“He understands the value of play and devotes many hours to planning enjoyable and worthwhile games, discussions, and other learning events–students genuinely look forward to his lessons,” Nathan says.
“He models aspirational writing, speaking, and multimodal flair so that students appreciate the demands and possibilities of the task,” he says.
The proof of his efficacy is in his students' results. They work harder and perform better than they thought possible.
Jacob has shown a great commitment to teaching English after initially training as a music teacher.
The musician is widely read and has a passionate interest in literature and film.
Nathan says Jack’s work through Reading to Learn, combined with his creative flair, has created a powerful tool for instruction.
“Jacob is a thoroughly committed professional,” Nathan says.
“His Head of Department regularly receives words of appreciation from students and their parents about the positive difference he has made to them,” he says.
“One can’t help but be impressed with his dedication and enthusiastic embracing of the role of the teacher.”
Congratulations Jacob on your nomination for the QCT Excellence in Beginning to Teach Award.