Teacher-librarian and ICT (information and communications technology) co-ordinator at St Ita's Catholic School, Dutton Park, Filia Papamanolis and Iona College's head of mathematics Anthony Simmers were the only Catholic school winners of the 16 Queensland 2012 NEiTA (National Excellence in Teaching Awards) ASG (Australian Scholarships Group) Inspirational Teaching Awards.
Ms Papamanolis was recognised for her dedication to fostering a love of reading among her young students. In her nomination from the school's Parents' and Friends' Association, Ms Papa-manolis was praised for helping to create a strong reading culture at the school.
"Filia organises for the school to host visits from prominent authors and has developed the school's Celebration of Reading Festival," the association said. "She has dedicated more than three decades of her career to teaching and is regarded as an invaluable asset to both the teachers and students at St Ita's Primary School."