ROCKHAMPTON'S Linda Allen was one of the lucky ones who always knew what she wanted to do in life.
"From high school I went straight into studying a Bachelor of Teaching at CQU. I always knew it was what I wanted to do. I've always been comfortable sharing knowledge and talking it through with people," Ms Allen said.
After graduating in 1992, Ms Allen taught at various places throughout Central Queensland including Waraburra, Crescent Lagoon, Sarina, Yeppoon and Gracemere state schools - never straying too far from home and her Rocky-based family.
These days she is a familiar face among the 60-odd staff at Frenchville State School, having taught there since 2007.
The 41-year-old recognised her calling in life, and fittingly, she was acknowledged by her colleagues for doing her profession proud.
Earlier this year Frenchville State School principal Leisa Neaton and colleague Donna Earle-Morrison nominated Ms Allen for a Queensland College of Teachers Excellence in Teaching Award.
The Year 9 primary school teacher recently found out she was one of seven finalists in the category, with the winner set to be announced on World Teachers Day, October 25, in Brisbane.
She is one of 22 finalists selected from 200 nominations for four divisions, Excellence in Beginning to Teach, Excellence in Teaching, Excellent Leadership in Teaching and Learning and Outstanding Contribution to Teaching.
"I didn't know any of this was going on. When I found out I was both stunned and pleased, and also honoured. Being nominated is not only recognition of what you're doing right, but it also recognises what your colleagues are doing right ... I am a representative of many," Ms Allen said.
Making the shortlist earned Ms Allen $500 to go towards professional development.