Oakleigh Grammar’s Shelley Parkes Receives Two Prestigious Awards

Oakleigh Grammar educator Shelley Parkes has received two prestigious honors; she is the recipient of The Educator Magazine’s Most Influential Educators Award and an Achievement Award.

Ms Parkes is also a finalist for Primary School Principal of the Year – Non-Governmental, with the overall winner to be announced later in the year.

“I am honored to have been recognized in this way. Although I have been named the recipient of these awards, the recognition belongs to a powerful team that is far bigger than me,” Ms Parkes said.

The judges acknowledged that in Melbourne’s first pandemic-hit year of distance learning and teaching, Ms Parkes understood how to get the most out of distance learning. His dedication and strong desire to see all students succeed has enabled a creative, responsive and flexible remote learning model to meet the needs of each student during what has proven to be a time of transition in and out of school. distance learning for two years.

“Success is ours when we combine passion, authenticity and professionalism. Students influence everything I do and staff walk with me to ensure our students are at the center of every decision we make as educators. I am privileged to work with such an amazing community,” Ms. Parkes said.

Mark Robertson, Principal of Oakleigh Grammar, congratulates the winner of The Educator magazine’s 2022 Most Influential Educators Award, Shelley Parkes, Principal of Oakleigh Grammar Primary School. Photo: Supplied

In the category of Australia’s Most Influential Educators, she was recognized for her clear vision and reinvented approach and execution to primary school learning and teaching by designing the unique quartet model.

The quartet model allowed the program to run parallel, on-site or remotely, providing continuity for staff and students, which met parents’ expectations for their child’s continued learning through four phases that explore, engage, explain and shape student learning. It is recognized that each child develops and achieves at their own pace; growth is unique to them in their time at school. Using different approaches, the phases of the quartet model enable students to become individual learners.

Ms. Parkes’ volunteer work has also contributed to her recognition as the most influential educator. She has worked with indigenous communities in Darwin and local charities closer to home.

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