Award-winning teacher in a class of her own

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Award-winning teacher in a class of her own
Teacher of the Year Jane Doyle with Year 1 Dominic College students (from left) Lily, Eamon, Enrique, Ruby and Carter.

A Dominic College educator named Australia’s Teacher of the Year has been described as a passionate leader of learning.

Jane Doyle is co-ordinator of teaching and learning for kindergarten to grade 2 and also works in literacy support over the same year levels at the Glenorchy college.

Mrs Doyle said she was overwhelmed when she received the country’s top teaching honour at The Educator magazine’s inaugural Australian Education Awards on Friday, August 17, in Sydney.

“I honestly was not expecting to be recognised in such a way,” she said.

“I was actually too busy taking photos of myself on the big screen as a nominee to fully realise what was happening at the time. It was such an unbelievable moment.

“I have since realised through all of the lovely messages I have received from our current community and many of our old scholars, that I have made a difference in a lot of students’ lives. I think this is the heart of my teaching and why I am a teacher.”

Mrs Doyle has been a teacher in the Catholic education system for more than 26 years. As one of eight children she helped to look after her younger siblings and initially planned to work in child care, before opting for teaching.

Mrs Doyle said the most rewarding aspect of teaching was the close working relationship and friendships that develop with the children in her care.

“I love the moment a student ‘gets it’, whatever ‘it’ is: reading, writing their name for the first time, building a huge tower of blocks, having all of their letters and numbers ‘look right’,” she said.

Other highlights of her work include: developing innovative resources and programs to improve student outcomes and create pathways for future learning; the heart-warming experience of meeting up with former students years later; working with parents; and collaborating with a team of highly-dedicated staff members.

Principal Beth Gilligan praised Mrs Doyle’s wonderful achievements over many years.

“Jane is a passionate leader of learning who has been responsible for many developments at Dominic including the establishment of our kinder to year 6 Japanese language program, Mamma Margaret’s Kitchen Program, our parent-teacher literacy and numeracy program and prep data analysis and response planning, just to name a few,” Ms Gilligan said.