Chloe Rutledge, English teacher at Redlynch State College, emphasises that teachers are supporters as much as they are educators.
“The most vital role a teacher plays is providing emotional regulation and support for our students,” Chloe says. “We are the closest adult who is not a parent or a care giver, so our job is critical to providing a student with an alternative perspective that can encourage them to think beyond their immediate environment. This helps students as they’re in the process of mentally transitioning from a child to an adult.”
Similarly, John Nuttall, Director of School Development Services at the Townsville Catholic Education Office, says great teachers do much more than teach.
“Teachers are trusted with creating a classroom that enables children to learn and flourish,” John says. “A good teacher will help students to work with others, think critically and be curious. A great teacher sees the potential in children that they don’t necessarily see themselves. They motivate, encourage and nurture students to be the best they can be.”
“Great teachers successfully set students on their way.”
JCU Alumni John Nuttall, Director of School Development Services
John learned such principles from his own teachers. “At JCU, I was taught by some terrific lecturers who were helpful and supportive. They made learning relevant and thoroughly prepared me for my early years as a teacher.”
From the teachers helping kids in early education to gain confidence and explore their world to the educators and guidance officers helping Year 12 students find their next step, teachers are vital to students of every age.
This World Teachers’ Day, JCU extends its gratitude to all education professionals working to guide their students well from classroom to career, and celebrates JCU Education alumni for their quality work and dedication.