Congratulations to Maria Russell – winner of the 2014 NSW Premier’s Adobe ICT Scholarship.
On Saturday 30th August, NSW Premier Mike Baird MP and the NSW Minister of Education Adrian Piccoli MP handed out the annual NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarships at a special reception event held at the NSW Parliament House.
Maria Russell, a Primary Teacher at Armidale City Public School, was nominated, along with dozens of other passionate educators, for this year’s Adobe Information and Communications Technologies Scholarship. I had the pleasure of reading through all the nominations and being part of the judging panel.
The Adobe scholarship was one of a range of the Premier’s scholarship awards. Each scholarship provided funding for a study tour with an aim to gather information and experiences from experts around the world and bring that knowledge back to enhance teaching and learning in NSW and across Australia.
Maria has a passion for teaching gifted and talented students in rural NSW and aims to use this scholarship to enhance her knowledge and develop programs where students can interconnect and engage with each other through quality learning experiences online with Adobe products. Her study tours aims to look at gifted education and online education in a number of locations to determine practices that may be transferable to the Australian regional and rural context.
Premier Baird made special mention of Maria’s intention during the afternoon reception at the NSW Parliament House.
I’m looking forward to supporting Maria with this endeavor that will provide rich learning experiences for talented students in rural NSW and will also be a model for rural education throughout Australia and New Zealand.
NSW Teachers are encouraged to apply for the 2015 scholarships