Four teachers from TAFE NSW – Western Sydney Institute have been recognised for their outstanding teaching skills by being awarded prestigious awards. The NSW Minister for Education and Australian College of Educators NSW Quality Teaching Award, which is one of the most prestigious teaching awards in Australia, was presented to the TAFE teachers on November 7 at Government House.
Community services teachers, Natasha Cutbush and Erica Ashley, complementary health teacher, Tamsin Rossiter and child studies teacher, Kate Pye were presented with their awards by the Hon Adrian Piccoli MP, NSW Minister for Education.
Blue Mountains College complementary health teacher Tamsin Rossiter said that she was honoured to receive a Quality Teaching Award and that she is proud to work for TAFE NSW.
“I enjoy sharing my students’ educational journeys as they become trained health care professionals and am passionate about the delivery of complementary health courses, producing practitioners that are ethical and work to high standards,” Tamsin said.
“I am proud to work for Western Sydney Institute – an organisation which strongly supports its students, staff and the local community. I work with a fantastic team of teachers who bring relevant and current knowledge and skills from their complementary health practices to the teaching environment.”
Nirimba College teacher Kate Pye, who teaches child studies, said that she finds great satisfaction in knowing her work is having an impact beyond her students.
“I love making a difference in people’s lives, seeing students start at TAFE with their own experiences and knowledge and being able to nurture this to extend them,” Kate said.
“I also have the opportunity to make a difference to children and the lives of the families in the communities of the centres in which my students work.
“I am surrounded by supportive people who juggle their lives and their work to make a difference to other people. They take each person as they come and work hard to ensure students have the best learning opportunities that they can give. I am humbled to have been nominated and to actually receive an award is a true honour. The process had made me reflect on my teaching, why I teach and what I am passionate about.”
Western Sydney Institute teachers received four out of the six Quality Teaching Awards for TAFE teachers in 2011. Forty-seven of the Institute’s teachers have received Quality Teaching Awards since the program’s inception in 2001.
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