Excellence award presented to past student

Date: December 15, 2016     Posted by: Ashlee Hansen

Excellence in Beginning to Teach Award

Excellence in Beginning to Teach Award presented to past student Krystal Flynn.

Class of 2009 Emmaus College Student, Krystal Flynn, was awarded the Excellence in Beginning to Teach Award at the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) presentation in October.

This year a record number of teachers across the state were nominated for awards; with five other finalist nominations in the Excellence in Beginning to Teach Award category.

The purpose of the Excellence in Teaching Awards is to highlight the outstanding teaching that is taking place right across Queensland.

Ms Flynn has been teaching on one of the state’s most remote schools; Tagai State College (TSC) on Saibai Island. The island is just 4km away from Papua New Guinea and 150km north of Cape York.

Ms Flynn believes that her Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics has assisted her teaching at the college.

“Although we are primary school teachers, more than anything we are language teachers, because we are teaching children how to speak English right from the very start.

“The Australian Curriculum kind of operates under the assumption that kids come to school with a basic level of English, where as our kids generally don’t,” Ms Flynn said.

Krystal said that she adores the island, the community and the experience it has given her.

“The community is just lovely and the children, they make your time up here I think.

“I have got a really, really good bunch of children, and realistically the whole island has got great children,” Ms Flynn said.

Emmaus College would like to congratulate Krystal on her Excellence awards and for her invaluable contribution to the lives of students at the Tagai State College.

Photo credit: http://stories.qct.edu.au/excellence-in-beginning-to-teach.html

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