DEDICATION: Samantha Owczarek is one of five winners in the 2019 Peter Doherty Awards.
DEDICATION: Samantha Owczarek is one of five winners in the 2019 Peter Doherty Awards. Carly Everitt

Local teacher receives Peter Doherty award

SAMANTHA Owczarek has given years to ensuring school children in rural and remote areas receive the same quality of education their city cousins get.

The teacher from Charleville School of Distance Education is one of five winners in the 2019 Peter Doherty Awards for Outstanding Teacher for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Awards Category.

For the past decade, Ms Owczarek has been using unique methods to deliver rural children daily lessons.

"It's so rewarding seeing kids who are in different situations and different backgrounds and getting to know them and their families,” she said.

"We aim to give them as many opportunities as possible, which is getting easier with the advancing of technology.”

Education Minister Grace Grace said the awards recognised students, teachers, schools, volunteers, mentors and organisations who demonstrated an outstanding and innovative contribution to STEM education in Queensland.

"It's nice to be recognised for the hard work and highlights the importance of distance education,” Ms Owczarek said.

"We may not see our students every day, so we need to find unique ways to keep them engaged.”


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