AS well as being a published author, Denise Ansingh has recently added another honour to her list of accomplishments.
She was the only teacher from WA, and one of four early childhood teachers, to win a national excellence in teaching award from the Australian Scholarships Group.
The award was open to all government and private school teachers from early childhood to secondary across Australia.
Ms Ansingh’s award was for leadership and development and she was nominated by parents at her school – Hawker Park Primary School in Warwick – where she currently teaches pre-primary students.
She said it was “an absolute pleasure” to represent WA teachers at the awards ceremony in Melbourne.
“Early childhood education is my passion and I constantly strive to improve my knowledge and practise to be the best educator that I can be,” she said.
The Gwelup resident was recognised for the Reading Readiness program she initiated and developed in collaboration with reading specialist Lilian Fawcett to assess kindergarten students on their readiness for learning to read.
She has also implemented a HeLP program (Home Listening program) to promote listening and comprehension skills and facilitated workshops on these topics to support parents.
She also created a natural bushland within the grounds of the early childhood playground area to help in science, maths and art and for developing physical skills such as balance and risk management.