Developing inquiring, curious learners is the aim of Sheldon College’s Maree Wimhurst, who is expert at building connections and relating experiences to the real world to achieve that outcome.
Mrs Wimhurst, a teacher in Queensland for 17 years, uses a strong pedagogical framework and a broad toolkit of highly effective instructional strategies that demonstrate her strong understanding of the art and science of teaching.
Consequently, colleague Louise Morris says, Mrs Wimhurst is well-respected within the Sheldon College community for the supportive and caring classroom that she creates for her Middle Years learners.
“Her students are happy and develop the independence and confidence to thrive and succeed,” Ms Morris says.
Recently Mrs Wimhurst’s students created their own digital news stories as part of a journalism unit of work that she devised and delivered.
Another unit of work saw her students drive their own learning while designing and creating a cultural experience or festival that allowed participants to appreciate cultural diversity and avoid stereotyping.
“Maree is supportive and open to new ideas to develop and challenge her practice with her genuine motivation being her students and the best possible outcomes she can provide,” Ms Morris notes.
“She actively participates in collegial discussions and professional conversations using her wealth of experience and depth of knowledge to guide decision-making processes.
“Maree has demonstrated strong curriculum leadership and acted as a mentor to support new teaching staff and beginning teachers.”
Congratulations Maree on your nomination.