SMC fosters excellence in educational leadership

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It is with great pride that we congratulate Louise Bender, the College’s Director of Learning and Innovation, on being named a recipient of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) Tasmania ‘Excellence in Educational Leadership Award’.

The award honours educational leaders who, in the view of their colleagues, have made a significant contribution to the understanding and practices for the teaching profession and educational leadership.

Louise has demonstrated both excellence and innovation in senior and executive school leadership roles for over 12 years in Tasmania and Queensland. She is currently Catholic Education Tasmania (CET)’s Southern School representative on the Years 9-12 Teaching Advisory Group and a member of the ACEL Branch executive.

Louise has made significant contributions to the professional learning of others by leading teacher reflection and application of the AITSL standards, developing school Learning Frameworks built on contemporary pedagogical research, leading curriculum mapping for seamless and student-centered curriculums, and the customising of pastoral care modules for ease of access and communication between staff and parents.

Congratulations, Louise, on your well-deserved award!

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St Mary's College is located on the traditional lands of the muwinina people of the South East Nation. We acknowledge and deeply respect the palawa people, the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community, and all Elders past and present. We are committed to learning alongside our students and community in this place, nipaluna, and support the continued sharing of knowledge and culture.