Ed­u­ca­tion as­sis­tant named fi­nal­ist in awards

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HAR­MONY Pri­mary School ed­u­ca­tion as­sis­tant Sharmila Clis­sold has been nom­i­nated as a WA Ed­u­ca­tion As­sis­tant of the Year fi­nal­ist in the WA Ed­u­ca­tion awards.

Ms Clis­sold, who has been work­ing at the school since 2011, said she “may have cried a lit­tle” when she found out she was nom­i­nated.

“I was thrilled that our deputy prin­ci­pal and the rest of the ad­min­is­tra­tion had taken the time to write my nom­i­na­tion,” she said.

“To find out I then be­came a fi­nal­ist was the ic­ing on the cake. I am so lucky to work with an amaz­ing lead­er­ship group who have given me so many op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­velop my own lead­er­ship skills.”

Ms Clis­sold over­sees all of the ed­u­ca­tion as­sis­tants’ in­ter­ven­tion, both so­cially and aca­dem­i­cally.

“(I love) see­ing the chil­dren I work with smil­ing and feel­ing proud when they have mas­tered a con­cept or un­der­stood some­thing that they may not have the day be­fore,” she said.

“The en­gage­ment and ex­cite­ment of these chil­dren want­ing to learn is pretty spe­cial.

“I want to con­tinue up­skilling in lit­er­acy in­ter­ven­tion.

“I have a real de­sire to equip our stu­dents to be­come in­de­pen­dent and con­fi­dent learn­ers.”

Pic­ture: Carla Va­su­ki­cakau

Sharmila Clis­sold with Hunter Brechin.

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