DARCH ASHDALE Secondary College teacher Deborah Yates has received a state award for her work.
Mrs Yates was named the beginning teacher of the year at the 10th annual WA Education Awards on November 24.
She switched careers when she was 37 from recruitment and administration to become a secondary teacher and is in her third year at the Darch school.
“I had friends with teenaged children who said I would be a great high school teacher,” she said.
“I loved teaching from my first prac. I like giving lessons that link to real life.”
She has run learning opportunities such as a Stem (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) day camp for female students.
Award-winning teacher Debbie Yates.