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Award for teachers’ teacher at USQ


USQ Fraser Coast education lecturer Sandy Johnson shows her 2013 Teacher of the Year (Tertiary) – Fraser Coast Award. Photo: JOCELYN WATTS

By Jocelyn Watts

USQ Fraser Coast lecturer Sandy Johnson has been honoured for her outstanding service to education with the 2013 Teacher of the Year (Tertiary) – Fraser Coast Award.

Colleagues nominated the Faculty of Education lecturer for the award, which she received from Mayor Gerard O’Connell at Xavier Catholic College in a Fraser Coast Education Alliance event held in conjunction with the Australian Council for Educational Leaders.

“It’s a great honour for me to receive this award,” Ms Johnson said. “It’s the icing on the cake for me because I’ve spent many years in education and to be able to finish my career in this particular role at USQ Fraser Coast is fabulous.

“I come from a background of being a teacher, literacy co-ordinator and deputy principal and principal, so all those experiences have given me a variety of opportunities that I can share with the students I’m working with in the USQ Fraser Coast’s Faculty of Education.

“The courses I’m teaching now – Literacy Education and Internship – lend themselves to the experiences I’ve had. I have a passion for working in these areas and I want to make sure that children in our schools are getting the best education they possibly can.”

Mrs Johnson has been an educator in the Wide Bay region since 1985. She has held positions at Maryborough West, Education Queensland’s regional office, Brisbane schools and principal and deputy principal of Rainbow Beach State School and Sandy Strait State School respectively. After initially retiring in 2007, she began her current position with USQ Fraser Coast in 2008.

Her award was judged by a panel of three local principals. Similar awards for primary and secondary school teaching were also presented.


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