Chisholm Institute LLN Educator Kathrin Colgan has been awarded the Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award at the Australian Training Awards held in Canberra on 23 November, 2017.

The award recognises innovation and excellence by an individual involved in improving language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills in an educational, community or workplace context.

Kathrin has been teaching LLN for 20 years in the VET industry and is passionate about curriculum and improving standards for students and LLN professionals.

Having started her career as a drama and dance teacher, she has had the opportunity to work in a diverse range of LLN roles and has extensive experience as an LLN teacher and coordinator, in literacy youth classes, within industry, in independent learning centres and in rural and international locations.

“Kathrin is always out front, leading and expressing interest in ways of learning that continually creates change,” said Ann Irving, General Manager of Foundation College at Chisholm.

“She inspires her colleagues and our learners alike.

“Kathrin is brilliant but fortunately not unique; she is buoyed with peers who like her are LLN experts succeeding with learners who have multiple challenges.”

With a history of early adoption and innovation in the ICT space, Kathrin constantly encouraged peers to explore 21st Century teaching approaches and to use technology to meet rapidly changing ESOL student expectations.

She had been committed to supporting peers to grow as LLN educators and she had shared her expertise with regular knowledge contributions to the sector.

Chisholm Senior Educator Karen Eager said it was wonderful to see Kathrin recognised in this way.

“This  award is also a testament to the opportunities you can take up to develop and excel as a professional within Chisholm’s Educational Excellence frameworks.”