Erina Heights’ Public School Principal, Natalie MacDonald, was recognised as one of the best teachers in the State at the NSW Government’s Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher Awards.
Held on September 11, 23 teachers across the State were awarded with the highest levels of accreditation on the night.
Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch, said the awards recognise highly effective, innovative and exemplary teaching practices.
“Mrs MacDonald is the cream of the crop of teachers from right across NSW.
“She has been recognised as a ‘Lead Teacher’, one of only 10 to be awarded this title,” Crouch said.
“As the new Principal at Erina Heights Public School, Mrs MacDonald is using her expertise to lift the prospects of all students at this school.
“I am so proud of the way she is contributing to education on the Central Coast and I want to congratulate her on this achievement,” he added.
Minister for Education, Sarah Mitchell, said that teachers who achieve this level of accreditation are indispensable assets for their school communities as teaching experts, mentors and leaders.
“High quality teaching makes such a difference to the lives and learning of young people and sets them up for life.
“Teaching across a whole school is undoubtedly enhanced when there are expert teachers to lead the improvement of teaching practice,” she added.
At the event, MacDonald was also inducted into the Professional Teachers’ Council of NSW’s newly launched NSW Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher (HALT) Network.
The Network will provide an opportunity for NSW HALTs to come together as leaders of the teaching profession and share their experience and expertise.
Media release, Sep 12
Ben Sheath, Office of Adam Crouch MP