Gold Coast Secondary Teachers’ Ball and Innovative Teacher of the Year Awards

Celebrations were held at the Gold Coast Convention Centre on Saturday 23 August, 2014 to recognise outstanding educators as part of the Gold Coast Secondary Principals’ Innovative Teacher of the Year Awards. Sponsored by Griffith University, this Award recognises professional attributes and achievements across a range of criteria:

  • Success in student achievement
  • Commitment to providing quality service to parents and students
  • A positive image for teachers
  • An outstanding role model for students
  • Excellence classroom teaching practice
  • Significant contribution to other aspects of school life
  • A demonstrated capacity to establish and maintain quality relationships with students, parents and other members of the teaching staff
  • Achievements in any field of secondary education

We congratulate our QAHS nominee Mrs Kody Mitchell, Theory of Knowledge Coordinator and Teacher of Psychology, for her outstanding professional contribution. An extract from the Awards Program highlights just some of Mrs Mitchell’s many achievements since her appointment to QAHS:

Mrs Mitchell is an expert teacher in the faculty of Psychology with students consistently achieving above World International Baccalaureate Average scores in both Higher Level Psychology and the two year Standard Level Psychology course which is completed as a fast-tracked course in one year with additional course delivery time outside of school hours. In her role as Theory of Knowledge (TOK) Coordinator, a subject which is part of the IB core, Mrs Mitchell leads curriculum design and delivery across all of the QAHS teaching team and is recognised across Queensland Academies for her curriculum leadership in TOK with QAHS achieving the highest results in TOK across the three Academies. Her pedagogical leadership has supported teachers in the challenge of teaching outside their traditional areas so that TOK principles infuse perspectives in all faculties. Her passion for Psychology and TOK enthuses students to challenge their own learning and achieve to their potential.

Vanessa Rebgetz
Deputy Principal