2010 Recipient: Rosa Napolitano-Lincoln
Rosa Napolitano-Lincoln SPERA Member was recognised on the Annual Teacher’s Day, by the Professional Teaching Council of WA (PTCWA) for her outstanding service to rural education in Australia. Rosa was nominated by her colleagues at SPERA for the PTCWA Outstanding Professional Service Award.
Rosa Napolitano-Lincoln is currently a Lecturer & Researcher – ECU – School of Psychology and Social Sciences.
Rosa has a long association with SPERA. She has been member of SPERA for 15 years. Over this time Rosa has been an outstanding advocate for rural and remote education and has also taken on a number of portfolios to promote rural and remote education across Australia, including: role of Convenor of two SPERA National Conferences held in the Goldfields and Perth; as a member of the SPERA Executive she and undertook the role of secretary, newsletter/magazine coordinator and Australian Rural Education Award co-ordinator and member of the editorial committee for the SPERA Journal – Education in Rural Australia for several years. Rosa also presented workshop papers at many SPERA conferences on challenging issues related to rural and remote education.
Rosa continues to advocate for equity in rural and remote education and has taken on additional roles including: Executive Officer with RREAC – Rural and Remote Education Advisory Council; Chairperson (State) Rural and Remote Women’s (RRR) Network (2004 – 2007) (Merit Select ) Co Editor of RRR Magazine – 4 times per year; Pre-service Teacher Supervisor (Curtin University of Technology); Pre-service Supervisor for Education and Child Care (Edith Cowan University); Quality Assurance and Compliance Director (Australian Technical College – Pilbara; Established a new model for the delivery of Gifted and Talented Education.(SPERA award 2010); teamed with Murdoch University in providing professional learning in Gifted and Talented Education to be delivered in rural areas (Post Graduate Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education; Created a new model for Murdoch University to deliver Post Graduate qualifications in Bunbury during school vacations; Provided, developed and implemented policy papers for the Australian Technical College – Pilbara. Curriculum Manager for Bunbury Education District and Special Projects Manager for Goldfields Education District (Department of Education).
Over a forty year period has taken on the role of District Director, Lecturer, Principal Consultant, Principal and Teacher within the public and private Education sectors in rural and remote locations (primary, secondary, and tertiary). Other interest focusing on rural and remote education and communities include Rosa’s involvement with: Women in Rural Leadership program (WiRL) trialled and delivered throughout WA; Currently in negotiation with Curtin University as to the inclusion of WiRL onto Executive Commercial programs; Provided leadership support to assist schools in their implementation of the Aboriginal Literacy Strategy; Provided strategic and pragmatic advice to Director – Kimberley and Principal as to the Oombulgurri Remote Community School; Department of Education Services – Inaugural Co ordinator of Rural Practicums for all WA & Universities; PCAP Rep.