ECMS teacher announced as Early Childhood Teacher of the Year finalist

28 September 2017

ECMS is thrilled that Angela Aguado Ratheau, ECMS kindergarten teacher at QV Children’s Centre in the Melbourne CBD, has been announced as one of three Victorian finalists for Early Childhood Teacher of the Year as part of the Early Years Awards 2017.

The Early Years Awards, which are presented by the Department of Education and Training, celebrate some of Victoria’s most hardworking and innovative early childhood professionals.

Angela was nominated by her colleague, Leanne Orellana, for her teaching approach which focuses on building a love of learning and having quality early childhood interactions that encourage a child to look at the world with an open mind.

“Angela is so dedicated to building strong and genuine connections with the children and families,” says Leanne. This is reflected when seeing the children and families respond to her and her work.

“Angela goes above and beyond to ensure she’s inclusive of all children and works overtime to help support them in their development.

“Her work ethics set a standard across the team. She is such an approachable and constructive mentor and a great role model to our team.”

Angela says she felt incredibly humbled and honoured when she discovered she was a finalist in the Early Years Awards.

“You don’t expect this sort of thing to happen to you. I also feel so proud that I’ll have the opportunity to celebrate this achievement with the colleagues who I’ve worked closely with for a number of years at the awards dinner in October. It reflects the strong relationships we have formed as a team, and it’s wonderful to have their support."

Of Angela’s shortlisting, interim ECMS CEO, Dr Judith Slocombe says, “It’s a great testament to Angela’s commitment, passion and skill and is also a positive reinforcement of the quality and value of integrated kindergarten programs in our childcare centres.”

Angela and her colleagues will attend the Early Years Awards 2017 award ceremony at the National Gallery of Victoria International on Monday 23 October, where winners in each category will be announced. The recipient of the Early Childhood Teacher award will receive between $10,000 and $15,000 to go towards enhancing their work.