Supporting our next generation of teachers

The Presbyterian Methodist Schools Association (PMSA) is delighted to announce that Harry Winks, Lili Vincent, Madeleine Webber and Tori Dutton were all successful in winning a PMSA Teacher Education Scholarship for 2023.

The PMSA Teacher Education Scholarships are awarded each year to a limited number of recent graduates from PMSA schools who choose to pursue a career in teaching, with an aim to nurture a respect for the importance of teaching as a profession and foster Christian faith and values in schools.

This year’s scholarship winners impressed the selection committee with their commitment to the profession of teaching and genuine desire to make a positive difference to future generations of students.

2022 graduates Harry Winks from Brisbane Boys’ College and Lili Vincent from Clayfield College both dreamed of becoming educators from a young age.

“Since Grade 9, I have been set on entering the field of education and dedicating my life to the development of young people through the teaching profession,” Harry said.

“I can’t wait to begin my secondary teaching degree this year at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) so I can fulfill my goal of becoming a teacher,” he said.

While Lili always envisioned herself as a teacher from Grade 2.

“I knew very early on that I wanted to be a teacher, so while I was at Clayfield College, I completed a Certificate III in Early Education and Care which has helped me build skills and strategies when working with children. I’m really looking forward to furthering my early childhood studies,” Lili said.

Scholarship winners Madeleine Webber from Somerville House and Tori Dutton from Sunshine Coast Grammar School both graduated in 2020 and are committed to pursuing careers in the education sector.

Madeleine says since she left school, she has developed a real passion for working with children, particularly children who live with neurodivergence or behavioural difficulties.

“During my tertiary studies in Speech Pathology and working part time at a kindergarten, I really enjoyed positively interacting with children and seeing firsthand the benefit you can bring to a child’s life.  As a result, I am thrilled to be studying a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) at QUT this year,” Madeleine said.

While Tori says she was inspired and drawn to teaching thanks to many of her past teachers at Sunshine Coast Grammar School.

“I have a great appreciation for the teaching profession due to the effort my teachers took to not only teach me but also care for my personal wellbeing. I look forward to being able to share what I have learned from my peers to educate the leaders of tomorrow,” she said.

Each of the four scholarship winners will receive $2,000 per year for up to four years as they undertake their teaching degrees.

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