Toowoomba Catholic Schools Excellence Awards 2023 – A Passionate and Inspirational Community
The outstanding educators and staff at Toowoomba Catholic Schools have been celebrated at their annual Excellence Awards, held on July 27.
The awards identify and showcase practitioners who model, demonstrate and live excellence in their roles, all day, every day.
This year close to 100 nominations from across the Toowoomba Diocese were received.
Dr Pat Coughlan, Executive Director: Toowoomba Catholic Schools said “We are privileged to have an outstanding staff who believe in and are committed to inspiring young people to learn and reach their full potential.”
“They work alongside volunteers and support staff to create a system of schools that is united, connected and progressive.”
“This year’s recipients consistently bring the best ideas and innovations to their teaching, leadership and educational support.”
“It is through their efforts and influence, that we continue to provide excellent educational experiences, pastoral care and community connections across our 31 schools. ”
“We thank all of our finalists and recognise the invaluable contribution they make to both staff and students’ lives,” said Dr Coughlan.
One of the award recipients of the evening was Mark Baker, who was awarded Emerging Leader in the Excellence in Leadership category, and he was delighted to have received the award.
Mr Baker is an expert secondary teacher from Assumption College, Warwick who has achieved improved student learning outcomes and has an unwavering belief in the capacity of every student to gain success in their studies.
This is evidenced by these words of the Year 12 students at Assumption College, “Mr Baker is the teacher who always puts in 100% no matter the situation, he frequently gives up his free time to help with challenging schoolwork, and is highly involved with the school’s culture.”
“He’s had a profound impact on the lives of countless young students, he inspires us all to be better.”
Congratulations go to Mr Baker and all the award finalists and recipients who demonstrate excellence in their workplace every day.
Excellence in education support
Teaching and learning support
Nicole Booth - St Saviour’s College, Toowoomba
Administration, finance, and facilities support
Jodie McLachlan, Julie Robinson and Alex Sleba - St Saviour’s Primary School, Toowoomba
Volunteer support in a school setting
Karli Ekerick - St Patrick’s School, Allora
Excellence in teaching and learning
Early career teacher (less than 3 years of teaching experience)
Tamara Creeley - Our Lady of the Southern Cross College, Dalby
Primary expert teacher
Georgia Ford - Mater Dei Primary School, Toowoomba
Secondary expert teacher
Mary Roberts - St Joseph’s School, Stanthorpe
Hybrid learning program team, Schools across the Diocese
Excellence in leadership
Mark Baker - Assumption College, Warwick
Catherine Cooper - St John’s School, Roma
Sharon Collins - St Saviour’s College, Toowoomba