Teachers from the Adventist Schools gathered across Victoria for the ASVAC annual conference during the break, with one of Heritage College teaching staff took home ‘Teacher of the Year’ awarded by Adventist Schools Victoria.
Palolo Lafaitele, Teacher of the Year 2018, has been teaching at Heritage College for ten years. Palolo demonstrates a passion for teaching, evident in both her teaching practice and in relationships she develops with her students. Her abilities to connect with and lead students have seen her undertake a Year 7/8 coordination role, which requires management of both the program and pastoral care. Palolo has a passion for history, leading two of her students to receive awards from History Teachers Association Victoria for history projects in 2018.
Whilst undertaking a part-time study of Masters in Education, Palolo has branched out to include teaching VCE level and mentored a graduate teacher through to full registration. Palolo also volunteers on campus at Heritage College as a tutor for Primary students.
Principal, Mr Sonny Aiono said,
“Heritage College values all of our teaching and administrative staff and prides ourselves on retaining quality people to ensure quality outcomes for our student community.”
Likewise, members of the Heritage College parent community were quick to praise Ms Lafaitele;
“Having had both my sons taught by Palolo, I’ve seen how she makes the time to fairly listen to her students and implement restorative practice when applicable. She is not afraid to implement the tiers of discipline as part of her duty, which is vital for a student’s life learning beyond academics.”
Thank you for your efforts within our school community, Palolo, and congratulations on ‘Teacher of the Year’ 2018!