QUEENSLAND Catholic education’s “alpha and omega” were among those recognised as the state’s most inspiration teachers last week.
St Joseph’s Nudgee College principal Daryl Hanly, who will be retiring in December after a 50-year career, and second-year teacher at St Ursula’s College, Toowoomba David Rawson were among five recipients of the Queensland College of Teachers’ Excellence in Teaching awards.
Mr Hanly said QCT acknowledged the “alpha and omega” of Catholic educators, having recognised a teacher at the beginning of his career and another at the end.
Mr Hanly received the Professor Betty Watts Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching, along with Bevan Penrose of Bundamba State Secondary College.
The award was given to a Queensland educator with 15 or more years experience in the classroom.
Mr Hanly said he had not anticipated receiving the award, and was “momentarily numb” when he was announced as a recipient of the top prize.
Being recognised so close to retirement was “a magnificent surprise”, Mr Hanly said.
“But one does not work seeking recognition, but to see the effect it has on people around me, on friends, colleagues, students, family, are the best experiences,” he said.
Having two Catholic school teachers recognised in this year’s awards was a great achievement for Catholic education, Mr Hanly said.
After two years into his teaching career, Mr Rawson, 24, received the Dr Roger Hunter Excellence in Beginning to Teach category for his academic contribution to the college’s Year 7 transition to high school.
Mr Rawson said he was “in disbelief to be counted as one of the state’s most inspiring educators”.
He said beginning teachers were more likely to drop their careers early on, but receiving the award showed QCT valued teachers of all generations.
“It shows that (QCT) recognises the hard work beginning teachers put in,” Mr Rawson.
“They’re usually the first to arrive and the last to leave.”
Mr Rawson received $5000 to put towards professional development as part of his award.