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TAS teacher named one of Australia’s top four primary teachers


Trinity Anglican School's Michelle Breen has been placed among Australia’s top four primary teachers.

Ms Breen was recognised in this year’s Australian Education Awards for her steadfast commitment to students at the TAS White Rock campus. 

As well as Ms Breen’s nomination in the primary school category of Teacher of the Year, TAS' Outdoor Education program was also a finalist in the awards' Best Co-Curricular Program category. 

The nominations place the independent Anglican school among the country’s best educators. 

TAS’ Head of Junior School, White Rock campus, Peter Gazzola said Ms Breen's approach to education prioritises the development of the whole child, not just academics.

“Michelle informs her teaching in a variety of ways including the use of data analytics to ensure each student receives an individualised teaching program that caters for their needs,” he said. 

“Over and above her teaching responsibilities, Michelle has developed and introduced a peer support initiative called Care and Connect which promotes a more caring dynamic between older and younger students. 

“Among engaging in a number of other extra-curricular programs Michelle runs two after school clubs; one that works with designing, programming and building EV3 robots and the second coding and flying Mambo and Tello drones.”

Ms Breen’s recognition follows another national award earlier this year. 

She was also named the Best Classroom Teacher - Accomplished Phase (more than five years’ experience) at the recent Australian College of Educators ceremony in October.