St Rita’s College students became state champions in the Future Problem Solving competition under Samantha Bax, who this year also coached a Year 12 Debating team to the grand final.
The highly respected English, Social Science and Religion teacher is known for her engaging lessons, which are developed through extensive planning and deep reflection.
She is also known for embracing opportunities to improve her practice and in turn student learning.
Over the past two years Samantha has participated in a reading comprehension program, which the college partnered with a major university to deliver.
The third-year teacher is also a keen participant in professional learning opportunities, including observing colleagues teach, and receiving feedback from her peers and students.
St Rita’s College Principal Dale Morrow says Samantha has seamlessly transitioned into the teaching profession.
“She is eager to learn and to develop her teaching style,” Dale says.
“Her involvement in the co-curricular life of the college has enabled her to connect with her students beyond the classroom, which has been a real asset for a beginning teacher.”
Samantha also volunteers to feed the homeless as part of St Rita’s Big Brekkie program and tutors local children from disadvantaged backgrounds through the Homework Help program.
Congratulations Samantha on your nomination.