Giovanni Picariello exemplifies all that a young, innovative teacher willing to go beyond normal expectations in teaching should look like.
As Mandarin and Science teacher at Southport State High School he demonstrates a remarkably high level of growth and willingness to learn. He regularly accesses a wide variety of online programs and professional development opportunities to enhance his understanding of essential components of teaching LOTE.
“Giovanni has built sensational rapport with his students and has used this as a stepping stone for engagement. His students are regularly involved in Skyping citizens in China and through these conversations are rapidly increasing in confidence with respect to their speaking skills,” principal Nigel Hughes said.
His passion and enthusiasm, seen in meetings and professional development opportunities, have earned him enormous respect from his peers.
Giovanni has regular interaction with a nearby university language school and uses this to enhance his teaching capability and regularly involves his students in a variety of university competitions and programs.
Congratulations Giovanni on your Queensland College of Teachers Excellence in Teaching Award nomination.