Sue McIntyre wins 2021 NSW ACEL Leadership Award
Sue McIntyre, Educational Leader and Early Childhood Teacher at the ECTARC Clipper Road Education and Care Service was recently announced as the winner of the 2021 NSW ACEL Leadership Award at the NSW ACEL Annual Awards.
Ms McIntyre was nominated by Early Childhood Education Services and Training (ECTARC) and the University of Wollongong based on her strong history in the education space, having 29 years in teaching and 27 years in childcare. While she’s a trained primary and high school teacher, it’s childcare that keeps drawing her back, local news source South Coast Register reported.
The NSW ACEL Awards are presented each year to individual educators, teams of educators, schools, networks, not-for-profits, and professional associations who have demonstrated excellent educational leadership in developing and implementing a significant educational initiative, conducting research or influencing educational policy, leading to improved outcomes for students or colleagues in any educational setting.
Recent research into brain development for young children is a point of inspiration for Ms McIntyre, who said it’s “wonderful being able to read and implement what the science is telling us”.
“It’s very rewarding and at the moment we’re working on a number of projects and it’s really exciting to see when it works,” she added.
Ms McIntyre’s extensive experience as a primary and early childhood teacher, exemplary performance as an educational leader and for her role as a LEEDA champion as part of a University of Wollongong Early Start project were highly noted.
Her passion for educational leadership sees her stand out by challenging professional practice with tough conversations that consider the ‘why’ of everyday practices.
“Sue is brave enough to challenge practice, have difficult conversations and come back and try again, even after the most difficult of days. Sue sees opportunities where others see barriers,” Kathryn Barker, ECTARC’s Early Childhood Manager, told the paper.
Ms Barker said Sue’s approach also is reflected when dealing with demanding situations.
“Student outcomes, particularly self-regulation and engagement in learning, have been impacted by the highly reflective, evidence based and calm approach that Sue takes to engage with children that come from community trauma with complex needs,” she explained.
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