EXCELLENT EDUCATOR: Megan Rauchle is one of five Queensland teachers nominated for the Excellent Leadership in Teaching and Learning Award.
EXCELLENT EDUCATOR: Megan Rauchle is one of five Queensland teachers nominated for the Excellent Leadership in Teaching and Learning Award. QLD Department of Education

Inspirational CQ principal finalist in QLD teaching awards

AFTER 11 years as a teacher and curriculum leader at Blackwater State School, the next natural step for Megan Rauchle was to take on the acting principal role.

Her work as acting principal at the school has resulted in Mrs Rauchle being named as a finalist in the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) Excellent Leadership in Teaching and Learning Award.

Mrs Rauchle used her years of experience to help transform the school after taking on the acting principal role in 2016,

She used a collaborative approach to bring about improvement within the school and said she worked with staff to identify her staff's strengths and facilitated leadership opportunities for them.

"I am a very relational person,” she said.

"My big ticket item is always making sure my staff are building their capacity to do well and are successful in what they want to do in their careers.

"Anything that I can do for my staff is something that I know will also bring benefits to the school and the kids.”

Working to build the trust between herself and her teachers, Mrs Rauchle ensured they were supported with teacher aides in every classroom.

Teachers took on individual research projects and a whole-school data wall was used to track the writing journey of students.

Under the schools new focus - narrowed after a Priority School Review - the proportion of students achieving an A-C jumped from 56 per cent to 87 per cent in English over 18 months, and increased by 19 per cent in mathematics.

Indigenous students recorded a 32 per cent increase in English and and 34 per cent increase in mathematics over the same period.

Along with these improvements, staff satisfaction was as high as ever, with 100 per cent of staff saying they enjoyed working at BSS and felt supported in the 2017 Schools Opinion Survey.

Mrs Rauchle now works as the acting principal at Emerald North State School and said she loves the work she gets to do with the students and within the community, "knowing that you can do your bit for everyone”.

"Every kid needs a champion,” she said.

Winners will be announced on October 25, on the eve of World Teachers' Day celebrations in Australia.



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