Out of the box and into the fi­nals

Comment News (Armadale) - - Front Page - Jes­sica Nico

ASPIRI Pri­mary School’s Tamie Dou­glas has a pas­sion for teach­ing. Her ded­i­ca­tion and out-of-the­box think­ing has seen her named a fi­nal­ist in the WA Ed­u­ca­tion Awards. Re­port,

FOR Tamie Dou­glas, teach­ing is not a job, it’s a call­ing.

The Aspiri Pri­mary School ed­u­ca­tion as­sis­tant spends each day work­ing hard to im­prove oral lan­guage and read­ing skills, flu­ency and com­pre­hen­sion across the new school’s kinder­garten and prepri­mary class­rooms.

“For me it’s about be­ing there to sup­port stu­dent de­vel­op­ment by form­ing re­la­tion­ships that are built on trust, re­spect and un­der­stand­ing,” she said.

“The class­room is where I feel I be­long. I love sup­port­ing stu­dents to be­come in­de­pen­dent and ca­pa­ble learn­ers with a strong sense of iden­tity, self worth and a good mea­sure of re­silience.”

Ms Dou­glas has been recog­nised for her ded­i­ca­tion to the Aspiri stu­dents by be­ing named one of four fi­nal­ists in the 2018 Ed­u­ca­tion Awards’ Ed­u­ca­tion As­sis­tant of the Year cat­e­gory.

She said she was pas­sion­ate about help­ing ed­u­ca­tion as­sis­tants build their skills so they were bet­ter equipped to sup­port­ing learn­ing.

“I be­lieve that when we are fully in­cluded in class­room prac­tices, such as un­der­stand­ing in­di­vid­ual stu­dents' learn­ing goals, abil­i­ties and learn­ing styles, and we fully un­der­stand the learn­ing ac­tiv­ity, common lan­guage and con­tent, it leads to bet­ter ed­u­ca­tional out­comes for stu­dents, a more ful­fill­ing role for the ed­u­ca­tion as­sis­tant and bet­ter sup­port for the teacher,” she said.

“Lots of peo­ple have asked me how I feel about be­ing nom­i­nated and I hon­estly don’t know what to say.

“I’m very ex­cited, ob­vi­ously, but most of all I’m hon­oured and hum­bled that Sheri (Evans, as­so­ciate prin­ci­pal) and Noel (Mor­gan, prin­ci­pal) thought I was wor­thy of it.”

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Pre Pri­mary and Kindy stu­dents Lach­lan Bur­dett, Charlee Russell, Marisca Bu­di­arto and Ryan Prashar with Tamie Dou­glas.

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Tamie Dou­glas mon­i­tors pre-pri­mary and kindy stu­dents Lach­lan Bur­dett, Charlee Russell, Marisca Bu­di­arto and Ryan Prashar.

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