Dingo State School
Louise Dunne is a passionate advocate for schools and students in rural and remote communities.
With a teaching career spanning 30 years, the Dingo State School teacher understands the unique challenges facing schools in isolated communities and is determined to support her community in any way she can. Dingo is a small town of just a few hundred people west of Rockhampton.
“Louise’s support and encouragement has assisted many teachers to survive and thrive in a rural setting where the teaching of a multi-age class and the commitments of being a teacher in a small school can feel very overwhelming,” Principal Wendy Dowling said.
It’s clear Louise has decided to view Dingo’s isolation as a strength rather than a weakness; she has developed strong relationships with many local families and always expresses a genuine interest in seeing each child in the community succeed.
“Louise is a powerhouse of positivity, working tirelessly to not only improve the outcomes of all students in our school but also to advocate for Dingo State School at every opportunity as an exceptional place of learning,” Ms Dowling said.
Louise’s colleagues have described her as epitomising the word ‘engagement,’ as she possesses the unique ability to make every student, teacher, and parent feel valued, appreciated, and encouraged as a member of the school community.
In fact, if you ask the students at Dingo State School, they’ll tell you that “writing with Mrs Dunne” is their favourite part of the week.
“Students at Dingo State School always feel supported in their education and know that Mrs Dunne believes that they can and will achieve anything, encouraging them to spread their wings and conquer the world,” colleague Rachel Dahl said.
A constant source of inspiration for her students and the wider Dingo community, Louise is determined to ensure that every child in rural and remote areas has equal access to education.
Congratulations Louise on your nomination.
By Claudia Farhart.