The MLTAWA Hilde Dixon Award reflects the values exemplified by Hilde during her teaching career and was first presented to Fulvia Valvasori (Italian) in 2006. Consecutively this prestigious award has been bestowed on Lesley MacPherson (French) in 2007, Angela Signorile (Italian) 2008, Noburo Hagiwara (Japanese) 2009, Claire Leong (French) 2010, Susette Rose (Japanese) 2011, Anita Chong (Chinese) 2012, Kate Reitzenstein (Indonesian) 2013, Esther Blood (Italian) 2014. In 2015 the award was presented jointly to Bianca Petale (Italian) and Jieqi Zhang (Chinese) and in 2016 to Helen Kuehs (German). The recipient of the 2017 award was Nathan Harvey (Japanese)
More About the 2018 Recipients
The MLTAWA congratulates Sue Cooper and Sandra Jackson as joint recipients of the Hilde Dixon Award for 2018 presented at the MLTAWA Annual General Meeting on 21 November 2018.
Through her teaching of Italian language and followed by her dedication to learn and then teach Indonesian language, Sue has had a significant impact on Language learning in Western Australia. In addition, her ongoing service to the needs of her students, to professional groups and to the helping of other language teachers make Sue an wonderful example of what the Hilde Dixon Award embodies.
Sue was the President of the Westralian Indonesian Language Teachers Association (WILTA) twice, 2007-2011 and 2014-2015. She was a committed leader and experimented with new ideas such as professional learning for new technologies and differentiation. She also was instrumental in bringing a group of WA Indonesian teachers to Bali for the ASILE conference and a week of language immersion. Though her dedication and consistent contributions, Sue received lifetime membership of WILTA in November 2016. She was also awarded the PTCWA Outstanding Professional Service award in 2011.
Generous with her times and knowledge, Sue has also mentored many teachers starting out in the profession, and her work and professional association colleagues. Sue also readily shares her resources.
A colleague has described Sandra as “…selfless and very generous with her time. She is a very passionate languages teacher”. This is very evident in the number of languages teachers and Level 3 aspirants whom Sandra has taken the time to mentor over the years.
Sandra has been actively involved with the Westralian Indonesian Language Teachers’ Association, serving as Vice President of WILTA from 2003 to 2007 and had the role of Professional Learning Coordinator from 1999 to 2007. From 2006 to 2008 she also had a role in the State Conference organising committee and participated in the WILTA Reciprocal Teacher Program, Bali, in December 2003 – January 2004. She still regularly presents at WILTA professional learning days.
In addition, Sandra has been involved with various projects with the Department of Education which enable her to support teachers across languages. She has, for example:
- conceptualised, planned and written the resources and presented the related workshops for the Walk the Talk project. She also applied the “train the trainer” model to train presenters, some of whom were very
- been involved in the Key Language Leaders training in 2016 and acted as a support teacher for graduates in putting together their portfolio for transitioning from provisional to fully registered teachers.
- championed inclusion for teachers and students alike in her role with the Community Languages Project from 2008 – 2010 during which she conducted class observations at Community
- been a Languages Teacher Development Centre Co-ordinator (2008-2009)
- mentored Level Three Classroom Teacher Aspirants.
Well done, Sandra!
Thank you to the our members who take the time to recognise their colleagues by nominating them for this award.
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