2019 - Contributions to the lives of Young Woman and Girls in the ACT
Jo Padgham has advocated for and made significant contributions to the lives of young woman and girls in the ACT as a previous principal and ongoing leader in the educational field.
Jo is an outstanding educational leader with a deep theoretical knowledge and practical understanding of best practice in literacy. She has been an active member of the professional organisation the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association (ALEA), in a volunteer capacity, for 35 years. In this time, she has worked in a range of roles including State Director and National Vice-President. Her sustained commitment and dedication have resulted in positive changes to preservice teacher education, early career teacher programs, developing principals as literacy leaders and professional learning agendas. She is recognised and valued, in the ACT and across Australia, as an expert in literacy education having worked in public education as a teacher, deputy principal and principal.
Jo has made significant contributions to literacy education in the international arena. She has created long-standing connections with the International Literacy Association (ILA) presidents and board members to secure closer partnerships between ALEA and ILA.
In 2015, ALEA recognised Jo’s tireless and passionate work with Life membership of the Association. Jo continues to support the work of our local council to this today. In 2015, she was also awarded an ACEL (Australian Council of Educational Leaders) National Honorary Fellowship recognising her contributions to student and organizational outcomes, beyond her own context. In 2017 she was made an ALEA Principal Fellow to further recognise her commitment to the literacy education field.