Dr Lyn Nothdurft
St Patrick's College Gympie
Dr Lyn Nothdurft, or as she is affectionately known to her students, ‘The Doc’, has devoted nearly five decades of her life to educating the children of Kingaroy and Gympie.
Lyn’s exceptional dedication has led to her nomination for the 2017 QCT Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Award.
Her career has been spent consistently transforming the lives and futures of her students, whom she enthusiastically inspires to pursue wisdom and purpose in their education.
With an EdD in Mathematics Education and Master’s degrees in Science Education and Theology, Lyn herself is a life-long learner, and has been an exceptional role model for many generations of students.
Lyn is passionate about maths and has been particularly inspiring to the young women she has taught. Her Master’s dissertation investigated the achievement and participation of girls in mathematics, while her doctoral thesis researched the effectiveness of approaches enabling students to exercise greater autonomy in their learning.
Lyn has been an active member of the Queensland Association of Mathematics Teachers since 1970, and has presented at several of their conferences and contributed papers over the past 20 years.
She authored a chapter of Dimensions of Learning, a comprehensive teaching and learning framework based on extensive research into effective teaching and learning.
In her current role as Deputy Principal at St Patrick’s College in Gympie, Lyn has transformed the College’s learning landscape.
In 1995, Lyn was involved in developing a tracking system that provided students with a prospective OP score.
She continues to be closely involved in analysing and responding to data and has worked preparing students for the QCS test since 1992.
She was also an integral part of the Year 7 into Secondary transition team. She continues to teach Maths B and C and provides regular after-school tutorials for students.
Lyn is this year’s recipient of the Brisbane Catholic Education Outstanding Contribution to Learning and Teaching (more than 20 years) award.
Area Supervisor for Brisbane Catholic Education, Alain Pitot says Lyn’s great influence speaks of her long term specialisation as an educator of young people.
“Dr Lyn Nothdurft is an outstanding educator who has a passion for ensuring that learning is engaging for students,” said Alain.
Congratulations Lyn on your nomination.