27 November 2014
Becoming a finalist in the recent Queensland College of Teachers Excellence Awards has put local high school teacher Ashleigh Kahler into a class of her own.
Ashleigh, 25, of Kandanga, is the first University of the Sunshine Coast Education graduate to be nominated for these prestigious awards.
The annual Queensland College of Teachers (QTC) Excellence Awards acknowledge the work and dedication of new and established teachers state-wide.
Ashleigh received $500 for becoming a finalist in the Dr Roger Hunter Excellence in Beginning to Teach Award category.
USC’s Head of School of Education Professor Merv Hyde said being chosen as a finalist was a remarkable achievement for such a new graduate.
“USC consistently provides examples of graduates from a range of backgrounds that go on to do outstanding things,” he said.
“This latest award recognition is further testament to this and we are delighted to share in Ashleigh’s success.
“Her career excellence is just another reflection of the exceptional foundation, support and education that graduates receive while studying at USC.”
Ashleigh graduated with a USC Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Education in 2011 and is now teaching Years 8, 11 and 12 at James Nash State High School, where she was previously a student.
She was nominated for her work in the roll-out of her new teaching approach and for helping the school improve its engagement with the local community.
“I’ve come back to where I started and it is incredibly humbling to be nominated and recognised by such a competitive awards program,” she said.
“It’s only now that I am working as a teacher that I fully realise how lucky I was to attend USC and receive such a fantastic grounding prior to entering the teaching profession.”
The 2014 QTC Excellence in Teaching Awards recognised 22 finalists across four categories.
— Jessica Halls