Premier’s Teacher Scholarships 2013 recipients

At 26 years old, English teacher Angelina Bea has the world at her feet, literally.

Ms Bea will be taking her professional learning through seven countries early next year as one of the recipients of a Premier's teacher scholarship.

"I had to get my head around it," Ms Bea said when she learned she had been awarded the Premier's English Teachers Association of NSW English scholarship.

"I didn't think my idea was unique enough. I thought it was a bit of a dream to go travelling and do this."

Sixteen educators received the esteemed Premier's teaching scholarships aimed at broadening their knowledge of a chosen speciality.

Some of the topics teachers will investigate include:

  • the benefits of embedding positive psychology in Stage 4 English teaching to buffer youth depression
  • the philosophy of nature Kindergartens
  • assessing the Australian curriculum to support students with vision impairment.

Searching for the Asian Shakespeare

Ms Bea said her research would focus on seeking out the best of Asian literature. Over five weeks she would visit Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Dubai and Bangladesh. America was also on the itinerary where she would explore emerging influences and narratives that Japanese and Korean literature are having on Western society.

"I want to find the Asian Shakespeare - what's valued in south-east and west Asian parts of the world and equip teachers in Australian classrooms to teach it," Ms Bea said.

World experts in the making

Premier Barry O'Farrell said the scholarship program was about helping to make NSW's teachers world experts in education.

He said more than 360 scholarship recipients had travelled abroad and throughout Australia in the past 14 years. The combined value of the 16 scholarships this year was $225,000.

"Through the Premier's Teacher Scholarships program educators have a truly unique opportunity to undertake international study tours and visit some of the world's best schools and centres of education," he said.

"They return to their classrooms professionally inspired and re-invigorated, ready to share new knowledge, teaching methods and skills."

Photo: Premier Barry O'Farrell presents English teacher Angelina Bea with her scholarship. Photo by Benjamin Townsend.

2013 Premier's Teacher Scholarship recipients

Premier's Adobe information and Communication Technologies Scholarship
Christine Reilly, Hunter River High School, Heatherbrae

Premier's Anika Foundation Youth Depression Awareness Scholarships
Kristopher Wrona, Chester Hill High School
Donna Redman, John Therry High School, Rosemeadow
Genevieve Slocombe, Dunoon Public School

Premier's COFA Visual Arts Scholarship
Karen King, Caroline Chisholm College, Glenmore Park

Premier's Commonwealth Bank Vocational Education in Schools Teacher Scholarship
Robert Lawson, Kirrawee High School

Premier's Contemporary Asian Art Scholarship
Jacqualynne Boon, Newtown High School of the Performing Arts

Premier's Copyright Agency Creativity and Innovation Scholarship
Nicolette Hilton, Uralla Central School

Premier's English Teachers Association of NSW English Scholarship
Kyungjin Angelina Bea, Liverpool Boys High School

Premier's First State Super Financial Literacy Scholarship
Elena Gray, St Patricks Marist College, Dundas

Premier's HTA History Scholarship
Debbie Locke, Kooringal High School

Premier's IOOF Centre for Educational and Medical Research Itinerant Support Teacher (Vision) Scholarship
Shane Doepel, Murwillumbah Public School

Premier's Kingold Chinese Language Teacher Scholarship
Wenli Tian, TAFE NSW - Northern Sydney Institute, Meadowbank College

Premier's PwC Leadership Scholarship
Denise Lofts, Ulladulla High School

Premier's Teachers Mutual Bank New and Emerging Technologies Scholarship
Brendan Maher, Coolah Central School

Premier's University of Wollongong Early Childhood Scholarship
Ruth Garlick, Nirimba Office, Quakers Hill

Find out more about the NSW Premier's Teacher Scholarships.

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