Flinders' Primary Teacher Nominated for Top Teacher Award

The school community at Matthew Flinders Anglican College on the Sunshine Coast is celebrating one of its specialist teachers, nominated for a top teaching award.

Flinders’ Primary School Maths Specialist, Mrs Sarndra Street has been shortlisted as one of the nominees in the prestigious Queensland College of Teachers TEACHX, Excellence in Teaching Award.

Sarndra is also a Flinders Distinguished Teacher and has been coaching staff to embrace best practice as a pedagogical coach for a number of years.

Flinders’ Head of Primary, Mrs Trudi Edwards congratulated Sarndra for her commitment to her students across the Primary School.

“Schools can only be exceptional when they are filled with exceptional teachers who love what they do, and we are fortunate to have such teachers here at Flinders,” Trudi said.

“This nomination recognises Mrs Sarndra Street’s deep commitment to inspiring a genuine love of Mathematics in each Flinders student,” she said.

“Sarndra's passion, dedication and expertise deserve such recognition.

“Our students, staff and families applaud and thank her for all that she does!”

Sarndra provides Maths Specialist support and teaching to students as part of Flinders’ unique differentiated learning program, known as Ready For…

The program provides specialist teaching support and targeted activities in Numeracy and Literacy concepts for students from Year 1 to Year 6, and is boosting student outcomes, engagement and satisfaction.

Sarndra ensures the Ready For… Application students are engaged in challenging tasks, which stretch them to think deeply and apply logical reasoning, all whilst furthering their love of all things Mathematics.

The Queensland College of Teachers praised Sarndra for her nomination, noting, “Sarndra is deeply committed to inspiring a genuine love of Mathematics in each Flinders student, but specifically those she teaches in Years 3 to 6.

“Maths can be a challenging and often daunting subject area for students. However, for the students in Sarndra’s class, that is never the case.

“This was particularly evident during the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions which necessitated online learning.

“This was a period of time associated with learning losses for many students across Australia; however, thanks to Sarndra’s persistence and innovative practice, that was not the case for her students.

“Feedback and personalised learning pedagogy is a signature of her practice, and she provided daily feedback to each of her students across four year levels during online learning.

“This helped her students to achieve and thrive in their Mathematics learning.”

To read more of Sarndra’s nomination by the Queensland College of Teachers, visit this link.

Image caption: (right to left) Flinders' Primary Maths Specialist Teacher, Mrs Sarndra Street with Flinders Principal, Stuart Meade

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