Bridge Building Podcast Episode 52: Datta Podcast: Teacher of the Year Awards the race begins.


Today, I am speaking with a few experts in the field. What field I hear you ask. The field of knowing just what a great teacher is and who are the best people to talk about what to expect from a great teacher, well students of course. So today I am talking with one of the students from the hive program at the museum here in New York and Francis Bazil who is the hive mentor and a design student at FIT. Now there is a reason for this because in this episode we will be launching the race for the 2024 teacher excellence awards. And these two young experts are going to give us an insight into the type of person that deserves to be celebrated in this way. Because quite simply you need to take note as many of us are sitting right next to someone who deserves to be applauded. Now there are two awards the Design and Technology teacher of the year and the contribution to design and technology education award for that person who is not a teacher but still does great things for our teaching area.


Just as an aside, Privacy rules over here are similar to home so the hive student is an avatar using empathetically designed name.


Not to harp on the fact, but just to set the scene, this conversation was recorded in Andrew Carnegie’s mansion – now the museum – which is on fifth avenue overlooking central park.


Thank you, Guys, your insights are brilliant!





About the Bridge Building Podcast

“This is the place where we dissect and then discover the many ways ITD teachers all over this country are using their passion to create passionate students. We talk of measuring and manipulating a multitude of materials of design and divergent thought, of creation with our minds and with our hands. And most of all, we talk of growing great young people because of course that is what we do.”

So what does that mean other than I like to show off my alliteration skills? Since coming back to teaching a few years ago the thing that strikes me most, and frankly scared me most is how lonely this job is. How little we know about what is happening in our subject area. The classroom next door, a class in the next school, let alone the next town are a mystery to me. I know there are teachers out there doing incredible things and this (the podcast) is a way for me to find out and be inspired. I would like to invite you along to listen and learn, to be inspired by some of the sensational teachers I speak to on the “Bridge Building Podcast – from technology to the trades”


About the Podcast Host

Stephen Anderson is a Design Technology, Trade Training and accidental Science teacher at a small high school 2 hours North West of Brisbane.


Over To You

If you know someone who is doing something spectacular or just great fun in design and tech or in trade training, I would love to know about them.

Contact me through my email


Music by:

Viola Pink

My favourite busker from the Nanango markets.