Education officer up for WA award
After 17 years of dedication to East Narrogin Primary School, Laycee Coles was announced as a contender in the WA Education Awards last week.
The WA Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer of the Year nominee first began with the regional school when she was 18 years old.
“Education wasn’t on my radar but once I got here it was something I really loved doing and I am here for the kids — they make it enjoyable,” Ms Coles said.
“It’s rewarding in how you see the student progress and the relationship you build with them and their family.”
Ms Cole moved to Narrogin when she was 12 and said every day she has witnessed the impact education has on the community.
“My focus is mainly on early childhood, to get that attendance to happen in early years so it follows through into later years,” she said.
“(The students) would struggle when coming into high school and later into workforce (if not attending school).
“We (education officers) are the link between home and school so we are always out there encouraging attendance and trying to involve parents as much as we can.”
Minister for Education Sue Ellery said the 10th annual awards celebrated the difference educators made to the lives of students.
“By continually providing a high-quality education, they are empowering young people to become confident, resilient and well-rounded individuals who have the opportunity to achieve success in their adult lives,” she said.