Kate Mullin Teacher Award 2017
There was a very strong field for the 2017 Kate Mullin Teacher Award. Amongst a number of excellent candidates, the winner was Natasha Moore of Southern River College in Gosnells. The presentation took place at the WATESOL AGM, and pictured right are Natasha (left) along with KMA Chairperson Ken Mullin and judging panel representative Sophia Sabatier.
To improve student outcomes in language and literacy, Natasha has used her EAL/D training, her career experience of four years in remote Aboriginal schools, and resources made available through the Department of Education (such as teaching Two-Way) to re-engage her year 7 students. She also uses Noongar dictionaries, explicitly teaches the difference between Aboriginal English and Standard Australian English, has established a spelling program, and uses levelled readers to track the students’ progress. Improvement of the functional literacy of the class, and students’ re-engagement, have led to significant improvements in the language and literacy of the students.
Kate Mullin Teacher Award 2016
The judging panel had a difficult task this year deciding amongst a strong field of candidates. In the end they were unable to separate 2 excellent entries, so the Award for 2016 is a tie. The 2 winners are Jessica Albers of Yandeyarra Remote Community School and Louise Woodvine of the Pilbara Regional Services, Dept of Education. In the judges’ view, both nominations scored strongly in all criteria. The presentation took place at the WATESOL AGM. Pictured right is Louise Woodvine (right) with Patsy Konigsberg, head of the judging panel. Pictured below is Jessica Albers who “Skyped” into the ceremony from Yandeyarra, along with Patsy and Ken Mullin, Chairperson of the Kate Mullin Association.
Kate Mullin Teacher Award 2015
The 2015 Kate Mullin Teacher Award was awarded to Naenon Sommerville of the Wongutha CAPS School in Esperance. The award is for excellence in improving the language and literacy of Aboriginal students and is open to all teachers and educators in WA. Pictured are Naenon (left) receiving her Award from the head of the judging panel and KMA committee member, Sophia Sabatier.
Naenon was nominated by her Deputy Principal, Brendan Franzone, a nomination which was endorsed with additional references by her colleague Herbert Howell, and by board member Harry Graham. The nomination addressed the four major criteria to a very high standard: Improved student outcomes in language and literacy; Links with Aboriginal families and community; Awareness, recognition and valuing of home language/dialect and culture; Development of rapport with students.
Kate Mullin Teacher Award 2014
This award recognises and celebrates excellence in the language and literacy education of Aboriginal students. This year the judging panel had a difficult task deciding amongst a strong field of candidates. In the end they were unable to separate 2 excellent entries, so the Award for 2014 is a tie.
The joint winners are Emma Sookee from Nyikina Mangala Community School in the West Kimberley, and the Patsy Konigsberg / Glenys Collard team from the WA Department of Education.
Emma’s nomination scored strongly in all criteria, and was particularly strong in her ability to improve student outcomes in language and literacy. Patsy and Glenys’s nomination also scored strongly in all criteria, and had particularly strong referee support. Our congratulations to such worthy winners.
Pictured are winner Patsy Konigsberg alongside KMA Chairperson, Ken Mullin and head of the judging panel, Sophia Sabatier.
Kate Mullin Teacher Award 2013
The winner of the 2013 Kate Mullin Teacher Award was Adriano Truscott (pictured) of Wiluna Remote Community School. Adriano was nominated for the Award by his Principal, Arama Mataira and the School Council chairperson, Gail Alison. His nomination addressed the four major criteria to a very high standard, and the school has seen clear improvement in the students’ literacy in Standard Australian English since Adriano’s arrival.
The award ceremony was held as part of the WATESOL annual conference & AGM at the Institute for Professional Learning in October 2013. Part of the ceremony were Ken Mullin, chairperson of the KMA, Michael and Julie Jacobs of the Lindsay Cozens Trust who kindly sponsored the award, and Sophia Sabatier of the KMA who headed the judging panel.