Excellence in education

WHEN La Trobe graduate Megan Huggard (pictured left) received a letter from the university she thought she had another bill for her hecs fees. 

It wasn’t until she opened the envelope that she discovered that she’d won two highly prestigious awards. 

“I was absolutely shocked,” she said, laughing. “And very honoured too.”

The awards were the Dean’s Medal for academic excellence for the highest achieving postgraduate student from La Trobe University at the Bendigo campus; and the Bruce Palmer Memorial Award for achieving excellence in the education studies component of the graduate diploma of education (secondary). 

Megan’s enthusiasm for study is also extended to her classroom teaching. She teaches biology to year 11 and 12 students in her first year of teaching as a graduate. 

“I’m thoroughly enjoying myself,” she said. “I love being able to share the awesome things in science. 

“Students are curious by nature and I harness that curiosity. Watching them learn is fascinating. 

“I love taking ‘pracs’. It’s a fantastic way of learning. And it’s better if the students are inquisitive and learn by inquiry,” she said.

“They engage by working with the anatomy models for example. You can take parts of the anatomy out of the model and handle them which really helps students understand the organs more. The resources we have for science are wonderful now and these also include online resources.”

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