Tamara Johnstone St Columban's College, Caboolture
Facebook is being used to improve the language and communication skills of Year 11 students at St Columban’s College, Caboolture.
The teacher behind the initiative, Tamara Johnstone, has also created an exciting drama space where walls are covered with images of theatre performances students will see that year, photos of pupils performing and opportunities for master classes.
Her creation of engaging learning environments is just one of the reasons Tamara, better known to her colleagues as Tammy, has been nominated for the Queensland College of Teachers Excellence in Beginning to Teach Award.
The English, Drama and Religious Education teacher has created a private Facebook page for her Year 11 English students, where they are instructed to use vocabulary from only Level 4 or 5 of the VCOP pyramid to communicate with each other.
Tammy takes special time to know her students and their background, and then applies that knowledge to create tailored lessons that will conquer any issues that may hinder their learning.
She works enthusiastically to pass on her passion for drama to her students, who value her commitment and her supportive nature.
Outside of school she is heavily involved in professional development and networking, particularly as a member of Drama Queensland, which has provided many opportunities to enhance her classroom practice.
St Columban’s College Principal Ann Rebgetz says Tammy is an outstanding young teacher.
“Tammy’s purpose is to ensure every student reaches their potential and she works hard to design learning experiences that are inclusive, challenging and engaging,” Ann says.
Tammy also contributes to the college’s religious life and was behind this year’s Easter Liturgy.