About the award names

The Awards are named after long-serving members of the boards of the Queensland College of Teachers & its predecessors, the Board of Teacher Registration & the Board of Teacher Education.

The awards began in 2009 with two awards named after eminent Queensland educators: Dr Alan Druery OAM, and Dr Roger Hunter.

In 2011 the Professor Betty H Watts OBE Memorial Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Teaching was added to recognise teachers with an outstanding history of service.

In 2012 the Dr John Dwyer Excellent Leadership in Teaching and Learning Award was added to acknowledge classroom teachers or school administrators who have taken a leading role in enhancing teaching and learning in their school.

The Professor Betty H Watts OBE Memorial Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Teaching

Professor Betty Watts

Professor Betty Watts

The Professor Betty H Watts OBE Memorial Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Teaching was introduced in 2011 to recognise teachers with an outstanding history of service.

The award honours the memory of Emeritus Professor Betty Watts and provides recognition for teachers who have enriched the teaching profession.  A former primary school teacher, Professor Watts was twice Chair of the Board of Teacher Education, a predecessor to the QCT.  Her eminent career included many years as a researcher and teacher at the University of Queensland, with a particular focus on Aboriginal education and special education. Betty Hazel Watts (1928 - 1997) had a great influence on the development of the teaching profession in Queensland and she was awarded the Order of the British Empire – Officer (Civil) in 1976 for her service to education.

Teachers with more than 15 years’ service in a Queensland school and a proven record of inspiring children to learn are eligible for nomination.  A nomination requires two nominators including at least one who is a registered teacher or education colleague.  A person may be nominated for service as a classroom teacher or in other school or leadership positions. Nominees must be registered Queensland teachers but need not be currently employed in a school.  Self–nominations will not be accepted.

The award is sponsored by The Courier-Mail.

Dr John Dwyer Excellent Leadership in Teaching and Learning Award

Dr John Dwyer

Dr John Dwyer

The Dr John Dwyer Excellent Leadership in Teaching and Learning Award was introduced in 2012 to acknowledge classroom teachers or school administrators who have taken a leading role in enhancing teaching and learning in their school.

A former Chair of the Board of Teacher Registration (predecessor of the QCT), Dr John Dwyer has over 50 years’ experience in education and training, including as a teacher, principal, inspector, director and consultant. Dr Dwyer began his teaching career at Ironside State School and went on to become principal of state primary schools at Ebenezer, Glenmorgan, Jandowae East, Jimna, Biggenden and Cherbourg. His experience at Cherbourg led him to specialise for some years in the education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Teachers, heads of department, heads of curriculum, heads of special education services, deputy principals & principals may be nominated.  Nominations are judged by a panel of education professionals against three criteria:

  • Leading teaching and learning
  • Developing self and others
  • Leading improvement and innovation

The panel considers teaching achievements, innovation, creativity and professional relationships achieved within the school community.  Nominees must be registered Queensland teachers and employed in teaching duties in a state or nonstate school.

The award is sponsored by QT Mutual Bank.

Dr Alan Druery OAM Excellence in Teaching Award

Mr Alan Druery

Dr Alan Druery

The Dr Alan Druery OAM Excellence in Teaching Award was introduced in 2009 to recognise inspirational Queensland teachers.

Nominees are judged by a panel of education professionals against three criteria: 

  • Designed and implemented engaging and flexible learning experiences
  • Developed effective relationships within the school and beyond
  • Committed to reflective practice, professional renewal and ongoing contribution to a vibrant profession

The panel considers teaching achievements, innovation, creativity and professional relationships achieved within the school community. Nominees must be registered Queensland teachers and employed in teaching duties in a state or nonstate school.

The award is sponsored by QT Mutual Bank.

Dr Roger Hunter Excellence in Beginning to Teach Award

Dr Roger Hunter

Dr Roger Hunter

The Dr Roger Hunter Excellence in Beginning to Teach Award was introduced in 2009 to recognise inspirational Queensland teachers with up to four years’ experience.

Nominees are judged by a panel of education professionals against three criteria:

  • Designed and implemented engaging and flexible learning experiences
  • Developed effective relationships within the school and beyond
  • Committed to reflective practice, professional renewal and ongoing contribution to a vibrant profession

The panel considers teaching achievements, innovation, creativity and professional relationships achieved within the school community.  Nominees must be registered Queensland teachers and employed in teaching duties in a state or nonstate school.

The award is sponsored by TUH (Teachers' Union Health).

Sponsors

The Awards are proudly sponsored by:

TUH QT Mutual Bank The Courier-Mail

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