Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Mentors Making Difference

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Mentors Making Difference

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Byline: Jessica Lamb

HERVEY Bay Special School students have had four teachers who consistently go above and beyond for their students recognised in state awards.

Students were able to experience an on-campus library for the first time thanks to their teacher Nicola Nielsen.

While Rozica Barker is revolutionising the curriculum and teaching of senior secondary school students.

Sign language, songs, technology and bright pictures are used by second-year teacher Krissy Jensen to engage her Prep to Year 2 students at Hervey Bay Special School.

Kathleen Heath has worked tirelessly helping students to become independent adults and secure employment following graduation.

Ms Barker and Ms Nielsen were both nominated in the Queensland College of Teachers awards under the 'Excellent Leadership in Teaching and Learning Award' category.

Krissy Jensen was nominated under the Beginning Teacher's Award and Kathleen Heath has been named in the Excellence in Teaching Award.

HBSS head of curriculum Belinda McNeill said not only are both Ms Barker and Ms Nielsen excellent teachers but they also provide leadership and mentoring for others.

"Roz has been instrumental in developing many Senior Secondary programs, including academic and transition programs for life post-school," she said.

"Roz has built strong partnerships with the community including potential employers, work experience providers and other lifestyle agencies.

"Her work has resulted in many positive outcomes and a smooth transition for students in their lives beyond school. …

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