Yasodai Selvakumaran on publicity, accolades and self-reflection
Last year was a big one for Rooty Hill High’s Yasodai Selvakumaran, as a finalist in the Global Teacher Prize, the History and Humanities teacher was thrown into the spotlight and the opportunities and accolades that flowed from that made for a lot of changes in her professional life. Her path to the Global Teacher Prize, which carries a million dollar award for the winner, was the end result of involvement in the Commonwealth Bank and Schools Plus Teaching awards. While she didn’t win, the global interchange that followed gave Selvakumaran insight as to how high functioning school systems did things and access to an international community of educators. Read more
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