Jindalee State School
Tanya Hatchett’s extensive experience in teaching early learners has seen her develop a talent for recognising and meeting the unique social, emotional, and educational needs of each individual in her class.
The Jindalee State School teacher regularly reflects on the ways she delivers content to students and recognises areas that require adjusting as her students’ learning needs develop over time.
This has been particularly effective with Tanya’s special needs students, who are able to achieve success within the mainstream classroom environment because of the focused learning plans Tanya has created for them.
“Tanya guides and supports all students, regardless of their academic ability, and modifies her approach to teaching in order to best suit the needs of individual students as well as the whole class,” one colleague said.
“She is the Yoda of education – small, wise, and using ‘the force’ of her experience and knowledge in all aspects of her teaching and interactions with others to make a positive difference to students, colleagues, parents, and the community,” she said.
Tanya has been a pioneer in implementing digital technologies into the classroom at Jindalee State School.
She recognises that using technology in her lessons not only enhances student engagement but also helps them to develop the ICT skillset they will need going forward in our digital age.
Her 26 years of teaching experience has seen Tanya take on the role of unofficial mentor to the school’s less experienced teachers. She regularly gives up her own time to help them adjust to the challenges facing beginning teachers.
Tanya is also an active member of the school’s Positive Behaviour for Learning team, where she applies her extensive experience in working with early learners to suggest improvements to the school’s behaviour policy.
Congratulations Tanya on your nomination.
By Claudia Farhart.