Kepnock State High School’s Darlene Hill has been recognised for her passion in education and awarded Queensland Teacher Librarian of the Year 2022.
With more than three decades of teaching under her belt, Darlene said she was delighted to be recognised by her peers and the school community as she accepted the award in Brisbane.
“I am very humbled to have received this award,” Darlene said.
“There are many, many teacher librarians that do an outstanding job across Queensland.”
Darlene has taught at Kepnock State High School for the past four years, and she has a career in education that spans more than 30 years, including time at Bundaberg North State High School and St Luke’s Anglican School.
The Queensland Teacher Librarian of the Year 2022 award recognises an exceptional school teacher-librarian and who has made an outstanding contribution to teacher-librarianship.
Darlene, who is also Head of Department for Humanities and Library, has worked to support students and aims to build positive and engaging opportunities for them.
She said teacher librarians played an important part in the education system and she was honoured to be involved.
“Gone are the days of what people picture librarians as, with glasses and so forth, well and truly!” she said.
“Libraries are a modern, dynamic places of learning, with innovative practices in supporting teachers and students.
“They are a space where students can be creative and critical thinkers.
“Teacher librarians are an essential part of schools.
“They support not only the students but also the teachers and build transformative educational practices that support the school.”