Innovative learning and teaching is a key focus of early career teacher, Samantha Armstrong.
The Years 7 to 10 HPE, Science and Mathematics teacher has been praised for her innovation, her drive to continually improve her practice and her engagement in professional development.
Despite being in the very early stages of her career, Samantha’s initiative has caught the eye of her colleagues through her willingness to integrate the use of technologies into her classroom practices.
The use of technology in HPE is not common practice, but Samantha has adopted the use of a drone to analyse and improve students’ techniques in this practical subject.
Teaching and Learning strategies such as these, combined with her demonstration of leadership skills in the organisation of the school Athletics Carnival, coordination of lunchtime events for HPE Week and Indigenous games for NAIDOC Week, have resulted in Samantha’s very deserving nomination for a QCT Excellence in Beginning to Teach Award.
Whites Hill State College (WHSC) teacher Elizabeth Garnier says Sam’s skills as a teacher and her commitment to improvement are exceptional.
“Sam is a dedicated professional who is held in high esteem both within and beyond the school community,” Elizabeth says.
“Teaching across three faculty areas, Sam has enthusiastically jumped into making all of the subjects she teaches as interesting and as much fun as possible, by catering to a variety of learning styles,” she says.
“The student achievement in Sam’s classes consistently reaches above school targets, and she enthusiastically participates in data conversations to further improve results for her students.”
WHSC principal Melanie Harth-Swain says Samantha is an outstanding young teacher.
“Her passion and enthusiasm has helped reinvigorate the HPE curriculum at WHSC, and her dedication to nurturing both the learning and wellbeing of students is an asset to our school,” Melanie says.
Congratulations Sam on your nomination.