Emerging Teacher Educator Award 2009

Susan Sandretto

Teacher Education Forum of Aotearoa New Zealand


Susan Sandretto receives award Kerry Earl and Susan Sandretto
TEFANZ Chairperson Dr Lexie Grudnoff presents Dr Susan Sandretto of the College of Education at the University of Otago, with the 2009 Emerging Teacher Educator Award, at the TEFANZ Awards dinner in Palmerston North in July. Kerry Earl, 2008 recipient of the TEFANZ Emerging Teacher Educator Award, and Susan Sandretto the 2009 recipient.

Citation for Emerging Teacher Educator Award 2009

Susan Sandretto is indeed a worthy recipient of the 2009 Emerging Teacher Educator award. Over a relatively short time in teacher education she has established herself as a leader and a scholar. She is also, as her colleagues said a warm, humble, patient and generous person who gives unstintingly of her time.

As a teacher educator Susan works right across the field of teacher education. Her academic leadership as Co-ordinator of the BA in Education, her collaborative partnerships in research work, and her teaching in pre-service, postgraduate and in-service programmes, are markers of a person deeply engaged in the field.

Susan’s research expertise is recognised through work she has undertaken in national projects. Her supervision skills and ability to support others in their research has been recognized with the Otago University Student Association Best New Supervisor of the year award in 2008. Teachers who have worked with Susan spoke of the ability she has to translate research and theory into practice. As one of them said: “The work we did with Susan could be taken directly into the classroom and used. We could see the work come to life.”

Susan has given a great deal to teacher education – and it is certain that she will continue to do so.