Professional Teaching Council Exceptional Service Award recipient

Jim (James) receives a PTC NSW Exceptional Service Award from The Hon. Rob Stokes (Minister for Education)


James joined the Board of the Professional Teachers’ Council NSW (PTCNSW) in 2013 as a representative of the Science Teachers Association of NSW (STANSW). James supported science teachers and science education in NSW through STANSW as a committee member 2009–2015, Secretary 2012–2014, and as Treasurer in 2015.

Further, he has freely given his time as a conference convenor and workshop presenter for STANSW sharing his expertise in the areas of literacy, assessment and ICT for science teachers across NSW. Keen to reach out to science teachers in non-metropolitan regions he pioneered online on-demand delivery of BOSTES (now NESA) accredited courses.

As a Director on the PTCNSW Board James immediately demonstrated that he has a deep and broader skill set. It was immediately apparent that James has had broad experience in areas such as assessment, online learning and accreditation. He has generously shared his knowledge with PTCNSW member associations through workshops and on-line demonstrations. James is a passionate educator who sees the on-line platform as an exciting platform for our member associations to utilise. His generous offer of time and expertise to assist associations is greatly appreciated.

He has expertly chaired PTCNSW’s Professional Learning Accreditation Committee that deals with the myriad of course proposals that PTCNSW receives from member associations as provider of the largest number of accredited PL courses in NSW. James brings his expertise and knowledge of course development to this role, providing sound contributions and feedback aided by a supportive committee. More recently James took on the responsibility of Secretary of PTCNSW.

James’ range and depth of experience and his willingness to share his expertise with member associations makes him an integral element in PTCNSW’s re-invention and plans to provide 21st century opportunities for the member associations.

James Sturgiss is a worthy recipient of the Professional Teachers Council NSW 2018 Exceptional Service Award

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