Dedicated Danni makes a stellar impact
Dedicated Teacher Award entrant Danni Mattiazzo was one of 50 people shortlisted from 6,000 international contenders in the Cambridge challenge.
The Larrakeyah Primary School teacher entered the 2020 global competition, which seeks the world’s most dedicated educator among the primary and secondary school contenders.
Principal Fathma Mauger, who nominated Danni Mattiazzo, describes her as “dedicated to her students and her profession, who works to make everything shine”.
“Of the four contest criteria, my submission addressed Making the ordinary, extraordinary – innovative lesson ideas and practices,” she said.
“An example was the whole school STEAM Day she organised. Students had to work in mixed aged groups to solve a problem involving Christmas icons.
“Someone had damaged Santa’s sleigh and let the reindeers out. The students had to work out another way to deliver his presents.
“Danni worked after hours and on weekends to produce videos and assessment tasks, establish ‘crime scenes’ in the school, and liaise with teachers to make the STEAM Day a highly successful learning event.
“Danni works her magic to make an ordinary school, and ordinary lessons, into something extraordinary.”
Ms Mattiazzo will receive a certificate recognising her achievement, and appear with all the shortlisted nominees in the Cambridge eBook.
Award competitors came from 97 nations, including the United Arab Emirates, the USA and UK, Malaysia, India, Colombia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Pakistan.