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Northern Territory Education and Care Awards


2017 Award Recipients


Emerging Educator


Award Recipient:

Stacy Williamson - Nightcliff Outside School Hours Care (OSHC)


Stacey has been on a sharp learning curve in the short time she has been working in after school care. Her ability to ‘think on her feet’ and engage in professional discussions with her supervisors and co-workers has demonstrated that she is developing as a strong educator. She is a reflective practitioner and has developed a philosophy that is respectful and inclusive of children and families. The 'loud and joyous, music, dance and laughter filled’ after school space is a testament to her dedication, enthusiasm and exuberance.


Finalists:

  • Miriam Antenor - Holy Spirit Community of Learners
  • ​Gabby Hahn -  Nightcliff Community Early Learning Centre (ELC)
  • Emma Salter - Darwin Family Day Care


Award sponsored by Commonwealth Government Department of Education and Training



Outstanding Educator


Award Recipient:

Michelle Leonard - Alekarenge Preschool


Michelle is an outstanding early childhood educator who clearly articulates her philosophy and practice in her work. She is a committed, reflective and an adept educator. She is commended for her advanced intercultural education practices that have a strong community development focus. Michelle is an outstanding early childhood educator who clearly articulates her philosophy and practice in her work. She is a committed, reflective and an adept educator. She is commended for her advanced intercultural education practices that have a strong community development focus.


Finalists:

  • Emily Sharp - Nightcliff Community Early Learning Centre (ELC)
  • Zoey Smith - Nightcliff Community Early Learning Centre (ELC)


Award sponsored by Territory Child Care Group Inc.



Outstanding Leadership


Award Recipient:

Mariann Reu - Schools South Department of Education


As an advisor in the southern region, Mariann assisted in the implementation of the Early Years Learning Framework. She has a remarkable leading style, quietly guiding from behind, supporting learning, then stepping back to watch others grow. Her leadership has resulted in 48 per cent of services in the southern region achieving a quality rating of ‘exceeding’ the National Quality Standard and becoming the best performing region in the Northern Territory. She is very generous in sharing her knowledge and inspires those who attend her workshops. To address the challenge of distance, Mariann has produced professional development packages for others to present, which has spread her influence across the whole of the Northern Territory.


Finalists:

  • Jessica Noella Goveas - Galiwin'ku Families as First Teachers (FaFT)
  • Melanie Sutton - Parap Preschool


Award sponsored by Association of Independent Schools of the Northern Territory



Outstanding Achievement in Innovative Practice


Award Recipient:

Nightcliff Community Early Learning Centre (ELC)


Through critical reflection, research and professional development, the Nightcliff Community Early Learning Centre has implemented an innovative practice for early childhood education and care by embedding a new approach to respect into its service philosophy. There is great involvement from families with their voices and perspectives included in the planning of the program to ensure the service is more respectful and responsive in a holistic way to meet children's needs.


Finalists:

  • Woodroffe Early Achievement Centre


Award sponsored by Early Childhood Australia



Outstanding Achievement in Community Engagement


Award Recipient:

Yirrkala Families as First Teachers (FaFT)


Community engagement and relationships with families are at the heart of the Yirrkala Families as First Teachers Program. With a variety of services offered to families, including adult-capacity building, heath, family support and wellbeing, FaFT staff at Yirrkala are committed to supporting the children and families in their community.


Finalists:

  • Galwin'ku Families as First Teachers (FaFT)
  • Berry Springs Preschool


Award sponsored by Kentish Lifelong Learning and Care Inc.