Atwea College Tutor of the Year 2021

Jaimie Adamson

It is our pleasure to recommend Jaimie Adamson for Outstanding Tutor of the Year! Jaimie sets high, but not unreasonable, standards for her students and gives them the tools to succeed. Students are motivated and her successful teaching techniques are reflected in her student’s results. Jaimie has a gift for making her students think. She has a passion for teaching and turns mistakes into teachable moments. Her classes are never boring.

An insightful educator, she recognizes early on when a student is struggling in her class and she takes steps to give the student extra support. She cares deeply about each student in her class. She has shown commitment and dedication to her job as she is always working on ways to improve her students learning. She has outstanding results in gaining employability opportunities with her students with her recent Diploma class all receiving employment successes. Jaimie is the sort of trainer who does not go looking for credit for what she does. She always go above and beyond to ensure that the learning experience of the students is enjoyable and fun, where the students can feel comfortable. Jaimie constantly encourages and motivates students to maintain focus on their journey to achieve their qualification. She gets satisfaction in seeing students complete their qualification.

Deborah Mercer

Many educators are effective in teaching. Trainers deliver instruction and in turn the students learn. However, it is very special to encounter a trainer that has the “gift” of teaching – the ability to light up the classroom with inspiration and to see that their joy and passion is being mirrored by their students.
Deborah Mercer is an energetic and motivational educator who specializes in training Disability and Aged Care. Outside of the classroom Deborah is dedicated to constantly improving her teaching skills whilst connecting with industry and contributing to our community through her volunteer work with the RFBI Kurri Kurri Masonic Village. Throughout the last year, Deborah has trained students in Certificate III in Individual Support in both Ageing and Disability, Certificate IV in Disability and Infection Control training to employers. Additionally, Deborah delivers workshops and on the job support to a number of our Aged Care Trainees. To conclude her classes Deborah asks her students to share three things. Something they liked, something they learned and their “uh-oh”. This promotes student reflection and provides an emotionally supportive environment for expression, self-discovery and sharing learning experiences. Throughout their learning journey, Deborah’s students develop the skill of perseverance and not to give up on themselves because they know that they will always have a trainer that believes in them. Understanding that the influence of an educator extends beyond the classroom, Deborah shares her working experiences and teaches from her heart to ensure her students are prepared to enter the industry and make a difference in the real world once their study comes to an end.


Kathryn Puckeridge

Kathryn started training with us 2 years ago. From January this year Kathryn has been training the Diploma of Community Services with Atwea.  She is an expert in her field of Community Services. This qualification has not been undertaken with Atwea for some time now. Kathryn commenced training in this Diploma with 8 students with some students not working in this field prior to commencing, 2 students are in the work place.

Kathryn has worked over and beyond to make sure that they get a true insight and excellent training to prepare them for working in such a wide and varied field together with the challenges this industry brings with it.  She is providing them the exposure they will require to be empathic and self aware to be able to help others in crisis.

Kathryn comes with some 15 years of experience in the community services field from early intervention, child protection and out of home care both in the field and in leadership across government and non-government organisations.  Driven by high quality child focused and trauma –informed practice for self and staff, best practice is ensured and is very professional.  She holds a Graduate Diploma of Education and a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and Certificate IV in relationship education. Kathryn is a pleasure to work with and is always there to help and support her students.  Her professionalism and her paperwork are impeccable.



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