PTCWA 2017 Outstanding Professional Service Award for Dr Angela Evangelinou-Yiannakis
The West Australian Modern Greek Language Teachers’ Association Inc. (WAMGLTA)
On Wednesday 25 October 2017, at the Awards Ceremony of the Professional Teaching Council of Western Australia (PTCWA), Dr Angela Evangelinou-Yiannakis was honoured with an Outstanding Professional Service Award. Nominated by members of the West Australian Modern Greek Language Teachers’ Association Inc. (WAMGLTA), Angela received the award for the following reasons, as cited in the Awards booklet:
If not for the efforts of Angela Evangelinou-Yiannakis over many years, the teaching and status of Modern Greek in this state would be close to non-existent. From co-authoring the original Secondary Education Authority Modern Greek Syllabus in the late 1980s to championing the inclusion of Modern Greek in the State’s list of prioritised languages, Angela has been instrumental to the promotion and advancement of Greek in this state. She also had input into the National Languages Policy. She ensured that Greek attained TEE status and served as the Chair for the Modern Greek Syllabus Committee for a consecutive 19 years, within which time she was also the Moderator for Upper School Greek. In further voluntary capacities for the last 13 years, Angela has been the Director of the Centre for the Greek Language (CGL), arranging and coordinating the annual examinations from Greece to be available to students of Greek in WA. Her involvement in co-instigating the WAMGLTA is further evidence of her contribution to education in this state. She co-initiated the establishment of the Association and is its driving force. Organising a constitution, consulting with various stakeholders and colleagues about the Association, and being chosen by her peers to Chair the Association is evidence of her commitment and the high regard in which she is held by fellow educators.