Brock Rowe Award
The Brock Rowe Award is granted jointly by the Councils of the Geography Teachers’ Association of New South Wales Inc (GTANSW) and the Geographical Society of New South Wales Inc (GSNSW), biennially, to persons who have demonstrated consistently, over a period of time, excellence in the teaching of geography in schools. The nomination form for the Brock Rowe Award is available here.
The 2006 Brock Rowe Award has been awarded to Sharon McLean. The award citation reads:
Sharon is a dedicated and professional Geography teacher. She has a passion for her subject and creatively and thoroughly imparts her knowledge and her enthusiasm to her students.
Sharon encourages independent learning and is able to communicate the relevance and importance of the study of Geography, both formally and as a critical element of life long learning.
Sharon has worked in a variety of locations from Dungog High School to Tangara School for Girls and is currently Head of Faculty at St Ignatius’ College Riverview. She inspires her staff, leads by example and is the source of information for current practice, creative teaching and knowledge.
Sharon ’s influence extends well beyond the classroom. She is an experienced School Certificate Senior Marker, HSC Marker, Catholic Schools Trial HSC Examination Committee Member and GTA Council member since 2000. Sharon was the Convener of the CSSA Trial paper in 2006 and has written a number of articles for the GTA Bulletin.
Beyond all of this, Sharon is a person of integrity and balances her dedication to Geography teaching with a very generous nature, complete commitment to her family and service in the wider community. She is an outstanding role model to her students and her peers and a most deserved recipient of the Brock Rowe Award for Excellence in Teaching Geography.
1998 Jeffrey Paul Harte