Year 11 student Samantha Fulton-Kennedy works with art teacher Betty Shannon.
Year 11 student Samantha Fulton-Kennedy works with art teacher Betty Shannon.

Award to inspirational teacher

SCOTS PGC College art teacher Betty Shannon has received special recognition from the school community for her contribution to teaching through NEiTA’s teaching awards program.

The Australian Scholarships Group (ASG) formed NEiTA (National Excellence In Teaching Awards) in 1994 to conduct a program of national awards honouring exemplary teachers in Australian schools and early childhood centres.

Mrs Shannon has been a teacher at Scots PGC College for six years.

“My husband Colin and I wanted to move to a rural environment so we purchased 10 acres at Aratula and I accepted the position at Scots College as art teacher,” she said.

“We have a daughter and son, one grand-daughter and one grandson. I love spending time playing with my grandchildren, working in my art studio and gardening.”

Mrs Shannon’s first teaching positions were in Brisbane, firstly at St Peters Lutheran College for 12 months and then a permanent position at Wynnum State High School, where she taught for eight years in art, BCT, (business communication and technologies) retail studies and clerical studies.”

“My inspiration to become a teacher came from the wonderful teachers that I had during my high school years and my amazing aunt Mary, who was an artist and teacher,” she said.

“What has and will always maintain my teaching enthusiasm is the pure joy of seeing young people achieving what they thought they couldn’t.”

From the 1147 nominations received by NEiTA this year, 550 teachers progress to finalist level.

From these finalists, 60 outstanding teachers are announced as NEiTA 2010 ASG Inspirational Teaching State and Territory Award recipients.

“I was totally overwhelmed and humbled at being nominated for this award and I would like to sincerely thank those who nominated me,” Mrs Shannon said.


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