The 2017 Laurie Brady Award announced
The 2017 Laurie Brady Awards Ceremony was recently held at the University of Technology Sydney.
The award celebrates high-achieving education students for Teaching Excellence from Professor Laurie Brady himself.
“You are not just our future school leaders, you are our current school leaders,” Professor Brady emphasised to the students in attendance today.
All nominees of this award have shown their immense worth in the classroom, their nomination is based on highly commended comments from practical supervisors. Dr Mark Sinclair, Director of Professional Experience, explains that all nominees of this award last year are now successful in gaining employment in the field of education.
The nominees included Sam Betteridge, Josephine Capel, Georgia Cross, Lauren Destefanis, Rebecca Goswell, Jasmine Hart, Francis Koltai, Sophie Macinnes, Bethany Poole, Tamara Thompson and Olivia Wakelin.
Friends and family of the nominated students were present at the awards ceremony, where Georgia Cross was announced as the overall winner.
Georgia was described as displaying outstanding teaching ability in the classroom. Georgia was humble in her acceptance of this award, speaking highly of the importance of relationships in the classroom:
It’s of paramount importance to have a lovely rapport with my students. I think that without that effective learning can’t take place. So, I’ve always worked hard to maintain this and also ensuring a good rapport with my colleagues.
2017 Laurie Brady Awards winner
Being an integral part of the UTS Teaching community, Brady captured the room with his passion for teaching. Beyond the technical side of this field, Professor Brady also stressed the importance of relationships in the classroom.
Another student nominee, Sam Betteridge, continued this notion following Professor Brady’s address to the students:
“The whole concept of being someone who is proficient in building and facilitating and managing relationships is its own language. Everything builds on relationships. When you have a basic understanding of relationships in the field, it makes everything a lot easier.”
Laurie Brady has devoted his working life to quality teaching, having spent a total of 37 years with the Faculty of Education, initially at Kuring-Gai College of Advanced Education and then at UTS. As he speaks about his experience, his dynamic understanding of schooling environment shows.
Schooling is an intensely human and intensely moral process.
Associate Professor Laurence Brady
In 2001, Associate Professor Laurence Brady received one of the University of Technology Sydney’s highest accolades – the UTS Teaching Award. This award is presented alongside a sum of money to be spent on teaching, often spent on resources on resources and travel expenses.
The Laurie Brady Award for Teaching Excellence was established in 2006, following Professor Brady’s retirement.
Humble in his achievements, Brady said: “I thought, ‘I want to put a lot of that money aside for an award.’ [The award] can continue to run now until about 2033.”
Many of the nominees for this award have already received offers to work at schools around Sydney and, some of which, even internationally.
Only time will tell what the future holds for the education graduates of the University of Technology Sydney, but it’s looking bright!