Michelle Dawson’s classroom often rings out with laughter as she brings new and exciting units and teaching strategies to her students at Rosewood State School, filling them with joy.
She finds the time each day to make every student feel like they belong and can succeed, by getting to know each one of them. She is then able to harness this knowledge to tailor her planning and resources to develop her units with relevant content and activities that engage all types of learners.
Working predominantly in the Special Education Program, Michelle guides students of various capabilities and disabilities. She focuses on stories that engage the students and spark their interest in learning, from Jurassic Park to writing with invisible ink.
“Michelle uses her units to create valuable life lessons about everyday heroes without realising she is one. Her desk is surrounded by letters and drawings showing love for her. It is inspirational to see the joy Michelle creates in her students and reminds me everyday why I decided to join the profession,” co-worker James Gerehow said.
She is currently developing a new Creative Arts curriculum for the school and is about to start studying her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, so she can deliver the new subject to students in 2019.
In her spare time, she is often seen supporting students in their extra-curricular activities, particularly in Speech and Drama performances and competitions.
Michelle was recently recognised with a Best Practice Award by Rosewood State School’s Teaching and Learning team.
Congratulations Michelle on your QCT Excellence in Teaching Award nomination.