Kepnock State High School science and maths teacher Cally Nielsen has been nominated for a Queensland College of Teachers Excellence in Teaching award.
Kepnock State High School science and maths teacher Cally Nielsen has been nominated for a Queensland College of Teachers Excellence in Teaching award. Max Fleet

Teacher in line for state award

KEPNOCK High science students are receiving one of the best educations around, with teacher Cally Nielsen in the running for a prestigious statewide teaching award.

The teacher of four years said she was thrilled to hear she had been given the nod as a finalist in the Queensland College of Teachers' Excellence in Teaching Awards.

“I was pretty excited when I found out,” Mrs Nielsen said.

The third-generation teacher said the most important thing about her job was her students.

“The kids always come first,” she said.

“I do whatever I can to make sure they are getting the best education they can.”

While her grandfather discouraged her from being a teacher when she was a six, a pamphlet in the mail swayed her to the job both her mother and grandmother had done.

“I was enrolled in vet science and then I saw a flyer that said, ‘have you considered a dual degree with teaching?', so that's what I did,” she said.

Advice is never far away for Mrs Nielsen, whose mother also works at Kepnock High.

“My mum has been one of my biggest inspirations,” she said.

“I have the honour of teaching with her and she will be coming to the award ceremony at Parliament House.”

Award director John Ryan said the awards, which would be announced on World Teachers Day on October 29, recognised the achievements of Queensland educators.

“Cally is a passionate science teacher who keeps her finger on the pulse of current industry issues and trends, and is helping boost the confidence of both students and teachers,” he said.

“While her programs are keeping pupils engaged, her classroom safety measures and practical teaching support have helped her peers better understand often complicated chemistry lessons.

“Cally has also helped develop distance education materials in biology.”



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