On Friday 5 May 2017 the Modern Language Teachers’ Association of Victoria (MLTAV) celebrated 70 years of service to teachers of languages in Victoria and held their Platinum Anniversary Award Celebration Dinner at the Catholic Leadership Centre in East Melbourne. During the evening, Platinum Anniversary Certificates of Merit were awarded to 11 teachers who have shown an exceptional and outstanding contribution to languages teaching in Victoria. Two of the recipients are members of our Japanese teaching community: Kathleen Duquemin and Nathan Lane. Below are the citations that were read out before Kathleen and Nathan received their awards. Thank you to the MLTAV for giving permission to repeat the citations.
Kathleen is a dedicated and committed teacher of Japanese who gives generously of her time, expertise and knowledge to support her students as well as the wider Japanese teaching community.
At her school, Gardenvale Primary School, Kathleen involves all children in an engaging and rigorous Japanese program, drawing on research, innovation and technology to enhance the learning experiences of students. She also organises a Japan trip for her senior students.
Kathleen has been an enthusiastic mentor for many beginning teachers of Japanese in the MLTAV Mentoring project. She goes above and beyond to support and connect these teachers into the profession.
Kathleen has been an active member of the JLTAV committee for many years leading a range of Professional Learning programs including co-convening the annual 2-day conference. She has also shared her expertise at languages conferences locally, nationally and internationally.
The Japanese teaching profession is extremely grateful for the generous contribution Kathleen continues to make and the MLTAV is pleased to be able to recognise this by presenting her with an MLTAV Certificate of Merit.
Nathan is an experienced and highly capable secondary teacher of Japanese who has used his strong leadership skills to contribute to his school in the role of Director of Pedagogy and Innovation. This position recognises the vision and skills Nathan has applied in his language teaching and it is wonderful that he now has the opportunity to bring these to a wider school context.
Nathan has always been a strong advocate of the importance of quality language learning and has shared the effective strategies he has developed within his own school context with the broader language teaching community.
Nathan has been an active member of the JLTAV committee for many years and President since 2013. His dedication to the profession in the way he has led the JLTAV committee and co-convened the highly successful annual 2-day JLTAV conference is appreciated.
Nathan is thoughtful, inclusive and innovative leader who also supports and encourages others to contribute to the profession.
Nathan gives generously of his time, expertise and knowledge to contribute to the wider Japanese teaching community. He has actively sought to represent language learning and teaching in local, regional, national and international forums. He has presented at state, national and international language conferences and has been involved in resource development and external assessment for students studying Japanese at secondary level.
The Japanese teaching profession is extremely grateful to Nathan for his generous dedication and commitment and the MLTAV is pleased to be able to recognise this by presenting him with a MLTAV Certificate of Merit.