We would like to formally congratulate Mr Ben Thomas, NCC’s Design, Creativity & Technology Teacher, who was awarded Adventist Schools Victoria teacher of the year at the annual conference over the holidays. A very deserving recipient of a prestigious award.
Ben Thomas’ Nomination
Ben Thomas is an outstanding DCT teacher. His passion for his subject area is infectious and he is well respected by students and staff alike. Students are challenged to achieve their best in all his classes and he encourages each child to give each task ‘a go’, regardless of their natural ability for his subject area. He is embracing cross curricular opportunities and collaborating with teachers to provide a meaningful learning experience for each student. He has inspired his VCE classes to produce outstanding and innovative work. Results in this subject area are high. Ben Thomas has volunteered to help implement a new STEAM program at NCC.
As a colleague, Ben always goes the ‘extra mile’ to support, mentor and assist other teachers, staff and administration. He often volunteers to assist staff and maintains a positive and supportive attitude. Ben was instrumental in 2017 in writing and updating many policies in preparation for the VRQA audit and in the area of Occupational Health and Safety. His commitment to quality Adventist education is to be commended and we are fortunate to have him on our staff.
Here is some feedback from his Year 11 DCT students. “Mr Thomas is a great teacher, I like him because he always has a smile on his face and is very welcoming to everyone who enters his class. He is always there when you need help and thinks he’s real funny, which he isn’t but we laugh anyway because he laughs at himself. Mr Thomas is well loved and overall an amazing teacher.” Mr Thomas is honestly one of a kind teacher. You can see the love and passion he has for teaching every day and he constantly motivates his students to do the best they can even when things don’t go according to plan.
Congratulations, Mr Thomas and thank you for your outstanding contribution to learning at NCC.
Mr Thomas, ASV teacher of the year pictured with Miss Bagley, ASV early career teacher of the year.