The Kate Mullin Teacher Award
This award aims to recognise and celebrate excellence in language and literacy education of Aboriginal students. The Award has been operating for 5 years, and has attracted high quality applicants from teachers in the Pilbara, the Kimberley, northern Goldfields and the metro area. The applications for the award are assessed by experts drawn from the Department of Education, the Association of Independent Schools of WA (AISWA) and the Catholic Education Office. The winners of the award receive a significant financial prize, part of which must be used to progress their own professional development.
Teacher Award Winner 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.