Cedars History Teacher makes her mark on the future of education

Cedars Christian College History Teacher, Mrs Tamminee Taylor is making her mark on the future of education.

Mrs Taylor was selected to be a part of the of the new Stage 6 Ancient History Syllabus as producer of Macquarie University Ancient History Department’s new video series which can be now be accessed by all History Teachers across NSW.

As part of the launch of this new series Mrs Taylor was invited to be a guest speaker at the Macquarie Ancient History & Studies of Religion Teachers Conference held on Tuesday 15 May 2018 alongside prestigious international speakers and Chaired by Kate Cameron, who served as Senior Assessment Officer HSIE at the Board of Studies, managing the development of HSC examinations.

Mrs Taylor, who is passionate about History received a full scholarship from Macquarie University to study at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and be a part of  a dig site early this year.

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

She was the only teacher selected to receive a full scholarship from Macquarie University’s Ancient History Department to not only study archaeology but to be a part of a Biblical Archeological dig in Khirbet el-Rai which is close to Tel Lachish a famous archeological site in the Shephelah region of Israel.

“I have come back with a deeper knowledge of the archaeological process and how to set up an actual archaeology site,” said Mrs Taylor.  “We are hoping to set up a small dig site down in the Cedars Middle School garden to the East of the school buildings eventually.”

Mrs Tamminee Taylor in Israel Jan 2018

During her trip to Jerusalem, Mrs Taylor decided she would like to produce some videos for her own History students at Cedars Christian College to help bring their studies of archaeology to life.  After making a few videos they were noticed by one of the attending professors from Macquarie University who quickly sent them back to the University and subsequently approached Mrs Taylor to produce videos for their own Ancient History site. She agreed, of course, and went on to produce several videos which are now being used as part of a new methodology of teaching for all Stage 6 curriculum in NSW.

Mrs Taylor with one of her Year 8 History Classes

After the launch of the videos yesterday at Macquarie University Kate Cameron, Chair, gave Mrs Taylor some very encouraging feedback.  “Mrs Cameron said that she had overhead several teachers in attendance who were very excited about the video series and would definitely be using them in their Ancient History classes.”  “I am thrilled with the result and honoured by the opportunity to help launch the videos and to help bring some fun and excitement to the study of Ancient History and Archaeology.”

“It is a huge credit to her expertise in the area of Ancient History and recognition of her academic accomplishments,” said Head of HSIE Mr Peter Ramm. “Anyone who talks to Mrs Taylor will walk away impressed with her depth of knowledge and passion with all things History.”

“We are very proud of Ms Taylor and congratulate her on this outstanding achievement,” Principal Mr Steve Walton added.  “All of these accomplishments come from dedication, passion and a lot of hard work.   I am encouraged by the commitment our staff have to pursue their studies and inspire in our students the love of learning.”

Ancient History Videos – by Mrs Tamminee Taylor

Macquarie University Ancient History Resources for Schools