Titans Learning Centre Teacher Scoops University Award
Gold Coast primary school teacher Ms Wendy Thomas has been awarded the Griffith University Outstanding Art, Education and Law Alumnus of the Year for 2014 recognising her outstanding record of professional excellence and contribution to education.
Ms Thomas is the co-ordinator and teacher of the Titans Learning Centre based at Mudgeeraba Creek State School. The Centre was established by Ms Thomas in 2008 after she recognised the need to support young students who were at risk of disengaging from their learning. The programme now supports students selected from thirty schools throughout the gold Coast region. There is also a second Titans Learning Centre at Coomera Rivers State School which duplicates the programme for schools in the Northern Gold Coast.
Ms Thomas accepted her award at a recent presentation hosted by Griffith University. Ms Thomas said “I have found this very fulfilling as an educator, to have witnessed the growth in these bright, excitable year three and four students.”
School Principal Ms Deirdre von Guilleaume said “We are very excited to have Wendy recognised for her outstanding work and dedication to the Titans Learning Centre, she is a valued member of our teaching team.”
Mudgeeraba Creek State School has a deep commitment to the School motto of Friendship, Achievement and Respect and the Titans Learning Centre is an outstanding example of the work done in the school to support students academically and socially. Students in the Titans Learning Centre programme continue to show improvement in the three key areas of learning engagement, behaviour and social skills.
The programme has previously been recognised with Gold Coast Mayoral Award for Community Partnerships and an Education Queensland Showcase Award for Excellence in Community or Industry Partnerships. The Griffith University award however recognizes the contribution Ms Thomas has made in developing and continuing to drive the Titans Learning Centre.