Trent alumna Dr Janet Dyment '89 has been named Australia’s Teacher Educator of the Year. The University of Tasmania Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of School in the Faculty of Education has worked at UTas since 2005. The award was made by the Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) at its conference in Brisbane earlier this year.
“Our judges were struck by Janet’s fantastic work in online teacher education”, said ATEA President Professor Joce Nuttall. “Training teachers online is a challenge. Janet’s work shows teacher educators can influence student teachers wherever they live.”
The annual award is sponsored by Teachers Mutual Bank (TMB). The winner receives a $3,000 bank account.
“There was strong competition for the award this year. Janet is a very worthy winner,” said TMB rep Shauna Wood.
“I’m passionate about my work with student teachers,” said Dr Dyment. “I’m thrilled to have my work recognized in this way.”
In 2005, Dr Dyment moved to Tasmania, Australia to start up the Outdoor and Environmental Education course within the Faculty of Education at the UTas.
“It's been a wonderful spot to base myself for the last 12 years,” she notes.
Dr. Dyment's Trent University experience was an essential part of her career success.
“I think the foundations for my passion for quality teaching and learning started with my studies at Trent,” she explains. “I was lucky enough to have some highly skilled lecturers in teacher education and in my general discipline studies. The learning was experiential, embodied and authentic with trips to collect water samples in the Otonabe River, visits to the Sharbot Lake Fish Hatchery and, forestry studies in local forest reserves. These experiences shaped my understanding of what is required to be an engaged learner and ultimately helped me become an experienced educator and then teacher educator. I credit my studies at Trent with opening my mind and heart to the importance of good education systems and high performing teachers.”