Tanya Davies MP. Member for Mulgoa.

Local Educator Honoured With 2013 Premier's Teacher Scholarships

Friday September 13, 2013

Mrs Tanya Davies MP, Member for Mulgoa congratulates local educator Ms Karen King for receiving a 2013 Premier’s Teacher Scholarships.

Karen King from Caroline Chisholm College, Glenmore Park was one of only sixteen teachers and principals from across the state who received this prestigious scholarship at a reception at Government House, Sydney on Saturday, 24 August.

“The scholarship program is about assisting our best teachers to become world experts in education,” Tanya Davies said.

“The Premier’s COFA Visual Arts Scholarship recognises Karen’s commitment to furthering her already considerable skills and then sharing those new insights with other teachers.

“Karen King’s success in this highly competitive scholarship program is a proud testament to the high quality of education in western Sydney” Tanya Davies said.

The $15,000 scholarship awarded to Karen King will fund a study into “Creating Communities: Connecting visual arts students with socially engaged temporary art and architecture practices”. The study will take Karen to Japan, France and the United Kingdom.

“To this day, I can still recall the name of the teacher and his words to me as a Year 11 student, which were crucial to my performance in the HSC. The power of a teacher’s influence can never be underestimated” Tanya Davies said.

The scholarship program is designed to help more educators develop and share their considerable talents, and thereby provide inspiration to the next generation.

The Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli MP is a strong advocate of providing opportunities to recognise and reward quality teaching.

 “This program helps to inspire these talented people, and brings them back to the classroom ready to share new knowledge, teaching methods and skills, all of which benefits students in the classroom,” Mr. Piccoli said.

The Premier’s Teacher Scholarships program affords educators a unique opportunity to undertake international study tours and visit some of the world’s best schools and centres of education.

Since 1999, more than 360 teachers across NSW have received Premier’s Teacher Scholarships.  All NSW teachers from government and non-government schools and TAFE NSW Institutes are eligible to apply for the scholarships.  The 2013 program saw 267 teachers apply for the 16 scholarships awarded across 14 program areas.