Tricia d’Apice from Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children was one of only 21 teachers from across the state awarded a Premier’s Teacher Scholarship by the NSW Premier, Mike Baird at a ceremony held in Sydney on Tuesday, 23 August.
Member for Baulkham Hills David Elliott congratulated Miss d’Apice for receiving the Premier’s IOOF Centre for Educational and Medical Research Itinerant Support Teacher (Vision) Scholarship.
“Tricia’s scholarship is a testament to the high quality of teachers we have in our community.
The $15,000 scholarship awarded will fund a study into comparing the reading speeds of Braille readers to their sighted peers.
Mr Elliott said recipients were recommended by their Principals, education specialists, industry professionals or their peers.
“Recipients undertake international and Australian study tours, allowing them to visit world-leading schools and centres of education,” Mr Elliott said.
“Teachers benefit by learning cutting-edge education practices, acquiring new teaching methods and skills, and expanding their professional networks.”
The study tour will take Miss d’Apice around Australia and New Zealand.
Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli said the benefits of the scholarships would flow through to students and other teachers at each of the scholarship recipients’ schools.
“This program gives gifted teachers the opportunity to increase their depth of knowledge and further develop their teaching,” Mr Piccoli said.
“This extra experience can really add to a teacher’s skill set and ultimately our students are the major benefactors”.
Since 1999, over 420 teachers across New South Wales have received Premier’s Teacher Scholarships. All NSW teachers from government and non-government schools and TAFE NSW Institutes are eligible to apply for the scholarships.
For further details about the NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarships and the recipients visit http://www.dec.nsw.gov.au/what-we-offer/awards-scholarships-and-grants/scholarships/premier-s-teacher-scholarships.