Teaching a Lesson in Star Education

The teaching staff of the Logan region have shown they lead the pack when it comes to setting the benchmark of expectations in education.

The Queensland College of Teachers TEACHX Awards celebrate excellence in teaching across six award categories and showcase the states most outstanding, innovative, and inspirational members of teaching staff.

Throughout this his year’s nominees Marsden State High School and Mabel Park State High School featured heavily.

Each finalist was awarded $500 for professional development, with the winners taking home $5000.

Logan’s Mabel Park State High School with three nominations alone including principal Michael Hornby, who was named a finalist in the Excellent Leadership in Teaching and Learning category, alongside teachers Dominic Maclean and Karen McGeachie.

Second-year teacher and long-term Logan local Dominic Maclean has embraced his career and spoke with Logan Local on the motivation to enter the profession.

“I didn’t want a job where every day is the same and teaching is definitely very different every day.”

With great passion he has continued to work with his students and is transforming the lives of at-risk students at Mabel Park State High School. Passionate about getting students engaged outside of the classroom, Dominic has led students on the Kokoda Challenge and trained the school’s All Girls Under 18 Metropolitan East Rugby League team to victory at the state championships.

Dominic’s dedication to keeping in contact with his students during the remote learning periods throughout 2020 and 2021, and his ability to self-reflect and improve, are praised by leadership.

“I love going to work and always happy to go there – very diverse, multicultural and all the staff are amazing people. We are always all for the students and at the end of the day that’s why we do what we do.”

Marsden State High School’s Sean Curtis and Jenna Cullen were also named as finalists in the Excellent Leadership and Innovation categories respectively.

The winners were announced on the eve of World Teachers’ Day on October 29 with the ceremony streamed virtually.

Mabel Park State High School’s Principal took the RemServ Dr John Dwyer Excellent Leadership in Teaching and Learning Award in a coup for the region.

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