Norah Parsons

The Queensland Resources Council congratulates Moura State High School teacher Norah Parsons on being named one of Queensland’s top teachers by her peers.

Norah won the Outstanding Contribution to Teaching category in the Queensland College of Teachers’ TEACHX awards presented in Brisbane.

“Norah has given 40 years of dedicated service to students at Moura State High, which was a foundation school in our Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA),” said Ian Macfarlane, Chief Executive of the Queensland Resources Council.

“It’s fitting that Norah has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to the field on the eve of Queensland’s celebration of World Teacher’s Day, which is celebrated today,” he said.

“I recently met Norah and her daughter when I visited Moura and it’s fair to say Norah is a champion of education and an idol to her students and the wider school community. As well, Norah is particularly supportive of the QMEA activities, which provide a link between school and industry and help students onto pathways into the resources sector.

“Largely through Norah’s efforts, the little school of 200 students punches above its weight.

“Since she became the Senior School Head of Department in 2015, all Year 12 students have achieved a Queensland Certificate of Education while all of her mathematics students studying in the five years to 2018 received a grade of A-C.

“And, it always has a higher than average number of students selected from the school to be a QMEA ambassador each year.

“We look forward to continuing to work with Norah through QMEA activities at the school.”

The award will share Norah’s mantlepiece with her 2015 ASG National Excellence in Teaching Award, and a 2016 CHOOSEMATHS Teacher Award.

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