Parramatta’s Amy Krisenthal wins Young Woman of the West 2014

Parramatta resident Amy Krisenthal claimed the Young Woman of the West award at a ceremony at UWS Parramatta Campus today to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Ms Krisenthal, an English teacher at Chifley College Shalvey Campus, was honoured for her selfless contribution to the school and its students’ learning and welfare. 

She was recognised for elevating her students’ achievements in NAPLAN and school assessments and for tailoring delivery of the syllabus to meet students’ individual needs.

‘‘My passion for the learning and welfare of young people extends well outside the classroom,’’ Ms Krisenthal said.

‘‘I have spent countless hours volunteering to help boys within juvenile detention and enjoy working with Aboriginal children in their transition from primary to high school.’’

Ms Krisenthal was presented her award alongside Tahmoor resident Aunty Frances Bodkin, a Dharawal elder and teacher, who claimed the Woman of the West prize.

As part of her prize, Ms Krisenthal will receive a $5000 grant to further develop her leadership and advocacy work.

Acting UWS vice-chancellor Rhonda Hawkins said the university’s Women of the West Awards were about celebrating the extraordinary contributions  women make to the greater western Sydney region.

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