Scholarship winner plans to boost student wellbeing

Scholarship winner plans to boost student wellbeing

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Congrats to Damien Nicholls from Mylor Primary School

Our heartfelt congratulations go to Damien Nicholls, the winner of the Public Education Foundation’s Teachers Health Early Career Scholarship for 2021! Damien teaches Year 4 and Year 5 students across all subjects from literacy and numeracy to health, social sciences and PE.

“Damien is a passionate and driven young teacher, and worthy recipient of the scholarship. The scholarship provides him with an amazing learning opportunity and the Mylor school community are very excited for him,” said Nathan Sanders, Principal of Mylor Primary School.

Opening the door to professional opportunities

Through the scholarship, Teachers Health provides up to $10,000 to public school teachers who are in the first three years of their teaching career to put towards professional development.

Brad Joyce, Teachers Health CEO said, “We’re proud of our partnership with the Public Education Foundation, it’s one of the ways we give back to the education community. Damien has already demonstrated his passion for education and dedication to his students, community and the teaching profession.”

A boost for young teachers and their students

Damien himself says, “The scholarship provides me with a great opportunity to experience professional development in a variety of settings and further my professional knowledge. Teachers don’t often get opportunities like this and I am extremely grateful.”

Damien plans to use the scholarship to study a Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing – a program that aims to provide developmental assessments and activities to give students the best and safest learning environment possible.

As David Hetherington, Public Education Foundation Executive Director explains, "Student wellbeing is critical to successful learning, and Damien has demonstrated his commitment to his students' growth and wellbeing. We are excited to be able to support him as he continues to develop his teaching career."

The Public Education Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing life-changing scholarships to students and educators in public education, and enhancing the value and reputation of public education.

If  you’re in your first three years of teaching, the Public Education Foundation's Teachers Health Early Career Scholarship provides up to $10,000 to spend on professional development. Applications for the 2022 scholarship will open towards the end of the year. Find out more about the scholarship