A highly-respected member of the St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School teaching community, Ysabella Chambers is known for her rapport with students and her engaging lessons.
The second-year teacher begins every lesson with an articulation of the learning intentions and then monitors each student’s success against the criteria. Ysabella uses a system of continuous reporting, which allows her students to track their progress.
She has also opened up her classroom to enable colleagues to provide constructive feedback on her teaching practice.
St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School (St Margaret’s) deputy principal Karen Gorrie says Ysabella puts great effort into planning her classes to ensure she can support and reach all of her students in regard to their learning needs.
“Ysabella goes above and beyond to recognise her students as individual learners and tailors her lessons to differentiate so they can be both supported and extended,” Karen says.
“Students enjoy attending Ysabella’s lessons and are engaged in her sessions.”
In addition to her classroom work Ysabella also assists with boarders’ prep and extra-curricular activities, attends student events, engages well with parents, and is an integral part of the school’s Professional Learning Community, which she contributes to frequently through meaningful discussions with colleagues.
She also spends time observing her colleagues’ teaching practices, demonstrating a deep commitment to continuous improvement in her own.
St Margaret’s principal Ros Curtis says Ysabella has brought extensive knowledge, enthusiasm, and genuine care to her teaching.
“She is an outstanding teacher who caters to all individual students in her care,” Ros says.
“Ysabella contributes widely to the school and is involved in many activities outside the classroom.”
Congratulations Ysabella on your QCT Excellence in Beginning to Teach Award nomination.