Posted by Mr Matthew Muscat
on 24 November 2020
Congratulations to St Michael's College staff member Ms Anna Porcelli who has been awarded and named the 2020 World Teachers' Day and History Teachers' Association of South Australia Early Career History Teacher of the Year by the History Teachers' Association of South Australia (HTASA).
Anna is very deserving for her hard work, dedication and ability as a teacher and leader at St Michael's College, but in particular in this award for her work in History.
Anna's achievements and work within and outside the History department have been nothing short of outstanding. She is a valued member of the team and has allowed both students and staff to flourish in realising their potential. Anna is a most worthy recipient of this inaugural award. Some of the many highlights include setting up the Year 11 and 12 Ancient Studies courses here at SMC from scratch, contributing heavily to History and Modern History courses in all year levels, engaging students, collaborating and providing support with colleagues (both within and outside the school).
Anna is the definition of a respectful and inclusive educator and we have been the beneficiaries of this for most of her first five years of teaching.
Year 9 students showed their appreciation for the teachers at St Michael's by providing a morning tea to celebrate World Teachers' Day. This grateful gesture was their way of acknowledging all the hard work that has been put into ensuring that their learning continues during the challenging year.
The leaders wrote letters to their teachers letting them know how they have made a difference in their lives and thanking them for the time they spent ensuring the best learning outcomes. Students took photos of staff wearing sunglasses for the AITSL national social media initiative #brightfuture.
Through these three activities, students helped teachers celebrate that they are constantly striving to ensure that every student is known, valued and cared for at St Michael's College.