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Innovative educator wins QUT Alumni Award for Faculty of Education

Tue, July 23, 2013

Sheldon College's principal and founder, Dr Lyn Bishop, has been named winner of QUT's Outstanding Alumni Award for the Faculty of Education at a special ceremony in Brisbane today.

Dr Bishop believes that good schools are built around relationships because it is people who are at the heart of the educational enterprise.

With this philosophy and entrepreneurial ability, Dr Bishop overcame significant personal financial, competitive and bureaucratic obstacles to establish one of the most successful independent schools in the country.

Sheldon College is an independent, co-educational, non-denominational College in the Redland Shire, which caters for children from 15 months of age through to Year 12.

Renowned for its cutting edge curriculum, the establishment of the Australian School of the Arts, and corporate alliances with Triathlon Australia and Queensland Ballet, Sheldon College was one of only three schools chosen to represent Australia at the 2008 Beijing Olympics as part of the official Olympic Orchestra.

Dr Bishop has more than 30 years of experience in education, having been senior mistress, deputy principal, principal, deputy executive director of Metropolitan East Region and acting-director of Quality Assurance for Education Queensland, before leaving the department at the end of 1996 to set up her own school.

Her entrepreneurial approach to education has seen her win the Australian Institute of Management Professional Manager of the Year - the first time this award was won by a recipient in the field of education. She has also won Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards at both state and national level for a Social, Community and Not-for-Profit Organisation.

Dr Bishop initially completed a Diploma of Teaching at Kelvin Grove College of Advanced Education, but has gone on to complete post-graduate degrees in psychology, education, business administration and a PhD in Education.

She is a fully qualified psychologist and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian College of Educational Leaders. She has also lectured part-time in the MBA program at QUT and is a qualified facilitator in educational leadership for the Queensland Educational Leadership Institute.

The Outstanding Alumni Awards recognise outstanding graduates of the university and its predecessor institutions, who have displayed exceptional professional, academic or research achievements and contributions to the community.

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