Regional Teacher Mentorship

We are thrilled to announce the thirty recipients of the 2020 Regional Teacher Mentorship, supported by the Australian Government and Teachers Mutual Bank.

This year it was an incredibly difficult process and we thank all applying teachers for sharing their challenges and successes with us.

These thirty teachers will be joining us at Bell Shakespeare HQ in Sydney over February and March 2020, followed by support and mentoring for the duration of the year. Congratulations from all of us at Bell Shakespeare.

2020 Regional Teacher Mentorship recipients

Dana Bedward, Marist College Emerald QLD
Chantelle Boase, Innisfail State College QLD
Alexandra Boyden, Nyngan High School NSW
Cheryl Burgemeister, Loxton High School SA
Seamus Curtain-Magee, Kalianna School NORTH BENDIGO VIC
Giulia Di Poloni, Tom Price Senior High School WA
Tamara Donovan, Wellington High School NSW
James Dumas, Red Bend Catholic College FORBES NSW
Melanie Flower, Newhaven College PHILLIP ISLAND VIC
Francesca Gazzola, Edmund Rice College WOLLONGONG NSW
Helen Henry, Monivae College HAMILTON VIC
Anne Johnston, St Philomena’s School MOREE NSW
Natasha Kenworthy, Broome Senior High School WA
Jordan McCluskey, Wee Waa High School NSW
Yashodara McCormack, Darwin High School NT
Jennifer Mertes, Marist Regional College BURNIE TAS
Sam Neill, Mirani State High School QLD
Sabina Nowak, Huonville High School TAS
Natalie O’Connor, Centralian Middle School ALICE SPRINGS NT
Grace Oorschot, Karratha Senior High School WA
Ricky Paveltish, Cowell Area School SA
Jen Perry, Latrobe High School TAS
Gemma Rout, Grant High School MOUNT GAMBIER SA
Emma Rudge, Bayview College PORTLAND VIC
Jennifer Seach, Kandos High School NSW
Elizabeth Shields, Central Midlands State High School MOORA WA
Nicholas Short, Cobar High School NSW
Kathryn Shortland-Jones, Christmas Island District High School WA
Emily Trigg, Nhulunbuy High School NT
Emily Tyler, Narrandera High School NSW

Thanks to the Australian Government and Teachers Mutual Bank, the Regional Teacher Mentorship offers 30 teachers from regional and remote Australian schools a fully-funded, year-long mentorship with Bell Shakespeare.

If you’re running low on inspiration, not sure how to successfully engage your students with Shakespeare, ready for a challenge, have limited access to PD or resources, or just need to connect with likeminded individuals, then this incredible program is for you.

Teachers will play student for an intensive four days of practical, collaborative, and tailored training at Bell Shakespeare HQ in Sydney. They will design new curriculum content, network with other teachers from across Australia, challenge themselves, strengthen their teaching arsenal, and see Hamlet at Sydney Opera House. They will then return to their schools where they will receive mentoring and ongoing support from Bell Shakespeare staff and Teaching Artists for the duration of 2020.

All travel, accommodation and Professional Learning expenses are provided.

How to apply

Entry is by application and will require the applying teacher to submit a statement of intent, as well as a support letter from the school Deputy/Principal. Application forms will be available to download when applications open. 

Applications for the 2021 Regional Teacher Mentorship will open in late 2020. 

This initiative is made possible through the generous support of Teachers Mutual Bank and the Commonwealth Government.