Australian Teacher of the Year a Teacher Librarian

16 10 2011

Congratulations to Jo Sherrin from the Northern Territory!  and to all who work with her at Bradshaw Primary School.  As this year’s Teacher of the Year she is an example to all teachers and principals and departments of education of the contribution excellent TLs make to student learning and quality teaching.

“Jo Sherrin is a highly accomplished and innovative teacher-librarian who consistently creates learning opportunities to meet the diverse learning needs of the Bradshaw Primary School community, of which 50 percent are Indigenous students.

Jo’s outstanding teaching, particularly in foundational literacy skills, is based on sound educational research, a thorough knowledge of her students and the use of cultural and geographical experiences which connect students with their heritage and history and nurture a love of literature and learning. Jo is a founding coordinator of the highly regarded Children’s Literature in the Centre (CLIC) Festival.

Jo’s inspirational contribution to the profession extends well beyond the local community. She is an active leader in the Australian School Library Association in the Northern Territory and is contributing to a trial of the new Australian English Curriculum.” AITSL

There are 151 government and 35 private schools in the NT, yet only 22 staff in NT school libraries have any qualification.

What a difference to the NT’s poor NAPLAN results, trained TLs like Jo could make in NT schools. The NT government must offer scholarships and placements.  Charles Darwin University must be supported to bring back its training course, so more students in the NT have the support of great teachers like Jo Sherrin.

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