Emmanuel Catholic College teacher Mrs Lee-Anne Marroccoli is one of 12 educators to have won a National Excellence in Teaching Award (NEiTA).
Marroccoli was selected from some 1450 nominations in 2017; the 12 national award recipients have been honoured for their inspiring and innovative influence to teaching.
Now in its 23rd year, the ASG NEiTA awards has contributed more than $1 million in professional development grants to outstanding teachers in Australia and New Zealand.
One of the school’s year 12 parents from 2017 nominated Marroccoli, who was the head of year 12 at Emmanuel Catholic College, continues to make a significant difference in her leadership capabilities to ensure that students are not left behind in education.
Mrs Marroccoli’s ability to engage students, capture their attention makes her a role model to her students.
She is known for always being prepared to answer questions and continues to encourage students to inquire and question beyond the classroom.
Within the Pastoral Program that she runs for students from years 7, 9, 11 and 12, Mrs Marroccoli has enlisted the assistance of community professionals with links to the college to deliver a 21st century Skills Based Program.
The program includes topics on cyber and water safety, first aid and mental health, as well as theatre groups presenting anti-bullying messages.
Marroccoli is interested in using student feedback to improve learning.
She says listening to “student voice” is critical to improving teacher practice and student achievement.
“By getting to know how students feel, their sense of belonging and connectedness, this can transform school culture. Building strong relationships and truly ‘knowing’ my students has allowed me to be approachable and set a climate for students to extend their own academic achievements.
“Teachers are to be a mentor and role model to young people who are very impressionable,” she added.
Teaching at Emmanuel Catholic College for three years, she was nominated by a parent who says Marroccoli’s teaching style engages even the most difficult of children.
“Her pastoral care is exceptional. She has the ability to recognise when someone is not in a good headspace and goes out of her way to help them.
“My son found school life difficult and told me that he doesn’t know how we would have survived years 11 and 12 without her,” the parent added.
The school body of Emmanuel Catholic College also conveyed their congratulations to Marroccoli on her outstanding contribution to education.