Two Toowoomba Catholic School teachers have been successful in joining an elite group of Australia’s best teachers by gaining the Lead Teacher Certification. The certification recognises teachers as having the highest levels of expertise and capability as classroom practitioners and educational leaders in their fields.

Eleighta Hannam from St Mary’s College, Toowoomba and Angela Martlew from Mater Dei Primary School, Toowoomba are the first teachers in Queensland Catholic schools to achieve this certification.

Ms Hannam decided to apply for Lead Teacher certification after attending an information session presented by the Queensland College of Teachers. She said “The prospect of being rewarded for setting and achieving professional goals was a great incentive to submit an application.”

Ms Martlew said “The certification process was both challenging and rewarding. Going through the process has also raised an awareness of the AITSL standards and certification among my colleagues”.

Both teachers are looking forward to supporting others through the process. Building the capacity of our teachers is essential as it is through them that we impact student learning.

Executive Director of Toowoomba Catholic Schools, Dr Patrick Coughlan said that having the outstanding capabilities of our teachers recognized in this way was a credit to their professionalism and expertise. “Our staff are some of the best in the business and fully understand the life-changing power of education. Teacher quality is the single greatest in-school influence on student engagement and success. We are fortunate to have teachers of this caliber being acknowledged nationally through this new certification process as Lead Teachers,” he said.

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