Forming capable problem-solvers into the future

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Forming capable problem-solvers into the future

Winner of the 2017 Tasmanian STEM Teacher of the Year for Secondary Teachers Award, Marist Regional College teacher Ann Burke sees her role of teaching STEM subjects as fundamental to students’ knowledge of the world around them.

“I believe that it is only through quality teaching in this area, exposure to real-world, project-based learning and creation of pathways for internships and mentorships in these fields that our young people are going to be equipped for the world they live in.

Ms Burke has been teaching at Marist Regional College for 14 years, and has previously taught at St Patrick’s Catholic College, UTAS Cradle Coast Campus, and Hellyer College in Tasmania, and St Columba’s College in Donegal, Ireland.

“My aim in teaching is to inspire my students to share my passion to question, to explore and to answer questions, including their own questions, through inquiry. I believe that by triggering students’ interests early in the technical STEM-related fields they become more equipped to succeed in the future.”

Ms Burke said that her own Catholic upbringing and education in Ireland and Australia helped to form her mission to equip young people with knowledge and skills.

“I have always sought to provide equitable access and opportunity for all to education, with particular consideration for the disadvantaged, marginalised and geographically isolated.

“This has caused me to see-out rural settings in both Ireland and Australia and to do my utmost to ensure that students residing there have equal educational opportunities to those living in more urban settings,” she said.

Marist Regional College Principal Adrian Drane nominated Ms Burke for the Award.

“Ann was nominated for her tireless and dedicated work in STEM initiatives and programs. This award is due recognition for her effort, endeavour and successes in this field,” Mr Drane said.