Being named Australia’s 2018 Teacher of the Year was a surprise for Tasmanian Catholic school teacher Jane Doyle. Source: Hobart Archdiocese.
Ms Doyle said she was overwhelmed when she received the country’s top teaching honour at The Educator magazine’s inaugural Australian Education Awards in Sydney last month.
“I honestly was not expecting to be recognised in such a way,” Ms Doyle 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.”
Ms Doyle is co-ordinator of teaching and learning for kindergarten to grade 2 at Dominic College, Glenorchy, and also works in literacy support over the same year levels.
She has taught 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.
Ms 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.
Award-winning teacher in a class of her own (Hobart Archdiocese)