Six teachers nominated for Excellence in Teaching awards

Six St Margaret’s College teachers have been nominated for Excellence in Teaching awards. The awards, organised by the NEiTA Foundation, recognise inspirational educators, and the teachers nominated are just six of the dedicated and empathetic staff members at SMC.

Michelle Brennan has a unique ability to spark curiosity and engage students in the wonders of science, from the Junior School through to the Senior School. She is dedicated to fostering a love for science in our youngest learners, and instilling in our students a lifelong love for learning and a deep appreciation for the sciences and of maths.

Bridget Compton-Moen, our Head of Junior School, has been supporting our Junior School teachers in the implementation of Structured Literacy, an approach based on scientific research that enables girls to confidently crack the code of reading. With a special ability to connect with students of all ages, she is also Future Problem Solving coach for girls in Year 5-11, taking a squad of Year 10-11 students to the International Championships to represent New Zealand in the final at the University of Massachusetts earlier this year.

Gabby Farrar De Wagt is recognised for her deep commitment to incorporating te ao and matauranga Māori and in fostering a bicultural learning environment at SMC. In addition to the remarkable connections she builds with our Middle School girls, Gabby provides real-life perspective and modern contexts to her history lessons, ensuring that her students understand the relevance of their learning.

Lucy Mackie, visual arts teacher and SMC Old Girl, nurtures young artists, motivating them to explore their own creativity. The specialised term break programme she offers our Middle School girls, Aspiring Filmmakers, immerses our girls in the world of filmmaking, and together with her lunchtime photography club, enables our girls to realise and showcase their abilities and vision.

Keith McDonnell is recognised for his ability to make the mathematics curriculum accessible, giving our girls confidence as learners. He engages his students to create a positive and enjoyable learning atmosphere, and outside the classroom as football coach, he shares his love of the game, fostering a sense of camaraderie and teamwork amongst our girls.

David Thompson, is recognised for his embrace of the new Aotearoa Histories curriculum, his engaging and innovative teaching style in bringing his subject matter to life for his students, and as Year 11 Dean, his exceptional care and concern for our girls and their families.

Congratulations to these educators on their nominations, and their commitment to empowering girls.