THERE is no greater reward for Adeina Shackleton than watching children become confident learners.
But the devoted early childhood educator received a reward of a different kind at the inaugural Educators Masquerade Ball in Rockhampton.
Mrs Shackleton was named the Educator of the Year at the gala event, held to recognise those involved in the early childhood education sector in Central Queensland. She had double cause for celebration when her employer, Rockhampton Grammar School Early Learning Centre, was named Service of the Year.
It was work as usual this week for Mrs Shackleton, who has dedicated 21 years to helping lay a foundation for the formal schooling of thousands of local children. The 43-year-old works with children aged from six weeks to five years and also oversees the after-school program for students from Prep to Year 7.
"I love to see children develop, becoming competent and capable," Mrs Shackleton said. "We can't treat children as empty vessels, as used to be the case. They are very knowledgeable little beings. Studies show that children today are exposed to much more than their parents were at the same age."
Educator of the Year: Adeina Shackleton
Service of the Year: Rockhampton Grammar School Early Learning Centre
Most Engaged Service: Salvation Army Family Day Care, Gladstone
High Flyer (educator who has attended the most professional development): Amanda Broszat, Parkhurst Early Learning Centre
ADEINA'S TOP TIPS
Three tips for parents.
1. Read to your children. Great literacy is vital to their formal schooling.
2. Spend time with your children, engage with them on things they like to do.
3. Enjoy your children.