Corrections Victoria Teacher, Nisha Walker has picked up the Australasian Corrections Education Association’s State Teacher of the Year award.
Nisha teaches spoken and written English, English to speakers of other languages, and numeracy at Dhurringale Prison as part of Box Hill Institute’s training contract with the State Government.
She incorporates games, singing and the Storybook Project into her teaching and learning initiatives.
The Storybook Project involves students learning to read a storybook, which they record onto a CD and send to their children.
The project also involves recording the students reading poems and letters.
Nisha involves singing in her lessons, as she finds rhythm helpful in memorising words, and that the group nature of singing brings a sense of community to the class.
She also teaches students to edit with music.
Nisha’s excellent achievement is not her first award win.
In 2017, she was nominated by 89 students for the Teacher of the Year award for Box Hill Institute (pictured above).