Geraldton teaching student in national literacy limelight

Edward ScownGeraldton Guardian
Geraldton's Grady Redway was presented with the ALEA University award at Charles Darwin University.
Camera IconGeraldton's Grady Redway was presented with the ALEA University award at Charles Darwin University. Credit: Supplied

A Geraldton-born teaching student has earned national praise, winning Australian Literacy Educators’ Association’s 2021 University Award.

Grady Redway moved to Darwin in 2020 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education at Charles Darwin University. Now about to enter her final year, 22-year-old Ms Redway has already started work as a relief educator at an early learning centre and as a tutor at a Darwin primary school.

“I really enjoy seeing students grow and flourish, and helping them understand and learn different concepts, it’s really rewarding,” she said.

While Geraldton is home for Ms Redway, she plans to remain in the Northern Territory once she graduates.

“I’m hoping to stay in Darwin and work as a primary school teacher up here and experience everything the Territory has to offer,” she said.

“There’s so much diversity in the NT and so much to learn from other people, so I’m really looking forward to continuing to build my experience in education here.”

In presenting the award, CDU’s Dean of Education, Professor Ruth Wallace said literacy was the cornerstone of educational success.

“Students’ learning and futures will only benefit from great teaching like this,” she said.

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