2021 Territory Teaching Excellence Award: Katherine South Elementary School Early Childhood Educator Michelle Righton wins | Katherine times



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The most rewarding thing in teaching is seeing a child’s face when that “light bulb” moment occurs, says Michelle Righton, Early Childhood Educator of the Year 2021 in the Northern Territory. “That’s when you’ve taught them a concept or an idea, and at the end of it they say, ‘oh, I get it now,’ that it’s all worth it,” she said. Ms. Righton teaches the transition class at Katherine South Elementary School and runs the school’s phonetics program, which teaches students to read and write. Also read: “I do a lot of modeling and teaching as a team with other teachers in my area and show them what to do and how to do it right,” Ms. Righton said. “And I collect data and share it with the rest of the staff.” Outside of her class, Ms. Righton is a founding member of the school’s dance academy and conducts the school choir. “At recess and at lunchtime, the grown-ups come to see me and we dance. I teach them different dances throughout the year. Ms. Righton was surprised to win the award and when asked why she thought she did it, she laughed and replied that it was because she was “awesome”. While her comment was said with her tongue firmly in her cheek – that’s exactly what those who named her think. The bridging class she teaches has a very high attendance rate, one of the biggest challenges most local educators face. “The kids love to come to school and be with me,” Ms. Righton said. “And it’s always good.” The 2021 Territory Teaching Excellence Awards recognize dedicated teachers, principals, leaders and support staff who provide high standard educational services in the Northern Territory. These annual awards coincide with Northern Territory World Teachers’ Day, an important recognition day for educators around the world and an opportunity for schools to celebrate the positive results they have on the lives of young people. Ms. Righton is one of nine “Territory Teaching Excellence Awards” recipients, beating six finalists in her category. COVID-19 NEWS: Education Minister Lauren Moss said the Territory’s annual Teaching Excellence Awards are an opportunity to thank the many teachers, principals and support staff for their outstanding efforts to help students in public schools in the area to give the best of themselves. . “Our educators do an incredible job inspiring, guiding and equipping our students with the skills and confidence to lead the territory into the future,” said Ms. Moss. “I congratulate all our candidates and laureates for setting new standards of success for a quality education and a better future for our young Territorials. Other recipients of the 2021 Territory Teaching Excellence Awards are: Northern Territory Principal of the Year – Donna Wright, Principal of Sadadeen Primary School in Central Australia; Northern Territory Education Leader – Amber Hitchcock, Humpty Doo Elementary School (Top End); Northern Territory Primary Educator of the Year – Sonia Niven, Nemarluk Primary School (Darwin); Northern Territory Secondary Educator of the Year – Sophie Grambeau, Laynhapuy Homelands School (East Arnhem); Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Educator of the Year, Northern Territory – Cheryle Edwards, Acacia Hill School (Central); Northern Territory Inclusion Educator of the Year – Fransina Norval, Tennant Creek High School (Barkly); Northern Territory Vocational Education Trainer of the Year – Alex Payne, Shepherdson College (East Arnhem); and Northern Territory Education Support Person of the Year – Anne Ryan, Anula Elementary School (Darwin). If you see this post, you are a loyal Katherine Times digital subscriber as we’ve made this story available to subscribers only. Thank you very much for your support and for allowing us to continue telling your stories. We appreciate your support for journalism in our great region. Our journalists work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content: DO YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY? : Send letters to the editor or story tips to [email protected]




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