TAFE Queensland tourism teacher Kate O’Mara-Smith has been announced as the Tourism Training Australia Teacher / Trainer of the Year for 2019.

Proof once again that our Educators are the best in the business, Tourism teacher Kate O’Mara-Smith was last week awarded the Teacher / Trainer of the Year Award by Tourism Training Australia.

The Awards aim to promote quality teaching practices of registered training organisations from across Australia.

Kate was thrilled to take out the top gong but was quick to credit her win to the entire team.

“It’s an award that’s reflective on our entire faculty team here at TAFE Queensland. We have strong leadership and supportive mentoring. Constructive collaboration also forms the foundation for student-focused decisions, outcomes and achievements.”

Kate said her win demonstrates the student-centric approach that TAFE Queensland teachers have.

“By nature, hospitality and tourism people are ‘people’ people — we love working out what motivates our students, how we can help them achieve their goals, how we can make their experience better.

"We also provide our students personalised learning plans to help increase their chance of success and self-esteem. We build a lot of trust with our students which ultimately influences their success,” she said. 

In today's world, a teacher’s role is becoming increasingly difficult given the external pressures students are facing. In light of these challenges, Kate shared her top five performance standards for achieving great outcomes.

  1. Flexibility - We have to exceed our students' needs by being flexible with what and how we deliver.
  2. Passion - As an educator, you must always have a passion for education and your industry. 
  3. Resilience - The demands of teaching are constant and ever-changing.  
  4. Emotional intelligence - Connect and support on a deeper level with your students and colleagues. 
  5. Leadership - Develop your influencing skills to make positive change. 

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