High accolade for local music teacher

Taroona High School teacher Glenn Schulz is one of two Tasmanian educators to receive national recognition in the 2017 ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA).

Selected from more than 1,300 nominations, the school’s director of music joined 60 state and territory recipients to be awarded the prestigious honour.

Mr Schulz, who is also a member of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, said he couldn’t remember a time when he didn’t want a career in music.

“I guess I caught the bug early on at around nine-years-of-age and for me, performing and teaching go hand in hand,” he said.

“I think I’ve been very lucky to have a performance career that works alongside my teaching career and when I’m performing at the highest level, it keeps me motivated and makes me a better teacher.

“I really believe that as teachers, it is our job to inspire everyone around us – by doing, putting ourselves on the line and by practicing what we preach.

“So for me, it’s important that students see me out in the community performing at the highest level.

“It’s about setting very high standards and showing students what is possible.”

Now in its 23rd year, ASG NEiTA gives parents, grandparents, school boards, councils and committees of management the opportunity to formally thank and recognise outstanding and dedicated teachers.

ASG NEiTA chief executive officer John Velegrinis said these educators recognised that “it takes a village to raise a child.”

He said this was a testament to their dedication and the impact they have on the lives of those they serve in local communities.

“In many respects, teaching is about giving, not only to children and students, but to their families and the community networks around them,” he said.

“These teachers have an enormous responsibility in shaping and guiding these young people, as well as supporting the educational aspirations families have for their children.

“Ensuring children have a well-rounded education is something our ASG NEiTA recipients are absolutely passionate about.”

Mr Schulz said it was “very humbling” to be recognised for the award.

“But this award is not just about me,” he said.

“It’s about the amazing team of passionate music educators and I’d like to thank the team that works with me everyday.

“It is through their dedication that we have built the Taroona High School music program up to what is it is today – with more than 700 enrolments in music courses, we are in pretty good shape.”

Mr Schulz said he believed that knowing his students was what made him an excellent teacher.

“I think the best teachers know their students – they know where they’re at in their learning, where they need to go next and what they need to do to achieve success,” he said.

“At the end of the day, I think good teachers know how to motivate and inspire.

“They inspire everyone around them including students, colleagues and the school community.”

ASG NEiTA will announce the national award recipients in March 2018.

Professional development grants are available at the national award level, with one recipient receiving the opportunity to go to Space Camp in Alabama alongside top teachers from each US state.

Caption: Taroona High School teacher Glenn Schulz has received national recognition as part of the ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards.