30 Regional teachers receive fully-funded mentorship with Bell Shakespeare


Bell Shakespeare is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2019 Regional Teacher Mentorship, giving 30 teachers from regional, rural and remote Australian schools a fully-funded, year-long mentorship with the Company.

Selected from as far afield as Nhulunbuy (NT), Bunbury (WA) and Herberton (QLD) the teachers will travel to Bell Shakespeare's Sydney headquarters for specialist training in teaching Shakespeare, to collaborate and network with teachers from other regions, and to see the Company's production of The Miser at Sydney Opera House, starring John Bell.

On their return to school, teachers receive ongoing support from Bell Shakespeare artists and staff, as well as access to in-school and in-theatre programs to support their continued learning.

Bell Shakespeare's Artistic Director Peter Evans said that the mentorship was an unparalleled professional development opportunity for teachers from regional and remote areas.

"Participants in the program are armed with new tools and strategies that can help break down the barriers to students understanding and appreciating the ideas, language and complexity of Shakespeare's work.

"The teachers come away from the experience with the confidence to implement new approaches in the classroom and lesson plans that include more active and engaging methods of teaching across all disciplines," he said.

Gill Perkins, Executive Director of Bell Shakespeare, said that the program was an important part of the Company's longstanding commitment to reaching regional and remote Australia.

"The Regional Teacher Mentorship has a significant impact especially for those teachers that may not otherwise have such opportunities.

"Our commitment to reaching regional and remotely located Australians is one we take great pride in. We would not be able to run important programs like the Regional Teacher Mentorship without the investment of the Australian Government and the generous support of Teachers Mutual Bank.

"I look forward to welcoming the teachers to Bell Shakespeare in 2019," she said.

Brad Hedgman, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Teachers Mutual Bank Limited said, "Teachers Mutual Bank are dedicated partners of Bell Shakespeare's Regional Teacher Mentorship.

"The skills, inspiration and experiences that regional, rural and remote teachers gain through being part of the Regional Teacher Mentorship is exceptional. It helps these teachers address issues of isolation and lack of resources to provide their classes with a renewed interest in English, Drama and Shakespeare's works."

The Regional Teacher Mentorship recipients will join Bell Shakespeare in two tranches in March 2019.

Eleven teachers from regional New South Wales will travel to Sydney to take part in the 2019 program:

  • Alyse Cox, Condobolin High School, Condobolin NSW 
  • Thomas Ng, Willyama High School, Broken Hill NSW 
  • Keya Stevenson, Peel High School, Tamworth NSW 
  • Victoria Jauncey, Ulladulla High School, Ulladulla NSW 
  • Helen Johnson, Yeoval Central School, Yeoval, NSW 
  • Nicole Higgins, Vincentia High School, Vincentia NSW 
  • Melissa Blomeley, Xavier High School, North Albury NSW 
  • Melanie Stephens, Warialda High School, Warialda NSW 
  • Karen Rispoli, Keiraville Public School, Keiraville NSW 
  • Jenny Sullivan, Gunnedah High School, Gunnedah NSW 
  • Michelle Dawson, Mulwaree High School, Goulburn NSW 

Three teachers from regional Northern Territory will travel to Sydney to take part in the 2019 program: 

  • Jessie Hobeck, Nhulunbuy High School, Nhulunbuy NT 
  • Christopher Bartlett, St Philip's College, Alice Springs NT 
  • Kate Dyer, Casuarina Secondary College, Moil NT 

Seven teachers from regional Queensland will travel to Sydney to take part in the 2019 program: 

  • Charlie Thomson, All Souls St Gabriels, Charters Towers QLD 
  • Colin Wright, Xavier Catholic College, Hervey Bay QLD 
  • Sarah Riber, Mount St Bernard College, Herberton QLD 
  • Denise Benson, Smithfield State High School, Smithfield QLD 
  • Rosie Maguire, Columba Catholic College, Charters Towers QLD 
  • Moira Landford, Atherton State High School, Atherton QLD 
  • Amy Proud, St Patrick's College, Townsville, QLD 

Two teachers from regional Tasmania will travel to Sydney to take part in the 2019 program:

  • Shannon Goodwin, Spreyton Primary School, Spreyton TAS 
  • Ruby Lyons-Reid, Ulverstone High School, Ulverstone TAS 

Five teachers from regional Victoria will travel to Sydney to take part in the 2019 program:

  • Stephen Jeffs, Traralgon College, Traralgon VIC 
  • Ernest Ridgway, Loreto College Ballarat, Ballarat VIC 
  • Leia Schnabl, Trafalgar High School, Trafalgar VIC 
  • Stuart Orr, Alice Miller School, Macedon VIC 
  • Christie Thompson, Apollo Bay P-12 College, Apollo Bay VIC 

Two teachers from regional Western Australia will travel to Sydney to take part in the 2019 program: 

  • Kelly Keegans, Newton Moore Senior High School, Bunbury WA 
  • Guy Salvidge, Northam Senior High School, Northam WA 

Bell Shakespeare tours mainstage productions of Shakespeare's plays and other classics to state capitals and more than 28 regional and rural centres each year, alongside an extensive education program of performances, workshops and professional development opportunities. Bell Shakespeare is committed to its unparalleled education program, introducing generations of students to Shakespeare around Australia.

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