Teacher transition pays off
A St Paul’s Primary School teacher has been named one of 10 WA winners of a national teaching excellence certificate, and is now in the running for the overall Australiawide prize for secondary teachers.
Science teacher Jacob Windle is a recipient of the 2016 Australian Scholarships Group National Excellence in Teaching Awards, as one of 60 State and Territory winners, including 10 from WA.
Mr Windle previously worked as a classroom primary school teacher for about eight years but his passion was always teaching science, and when an opportunity to specialise came up at St Paul’s at the start of this year, he jumped at the chance.
He said the win was “a bit of a confirmation that what I’m doing is working”. “It’s getting the kids interested in not just the cool ideas about science but the scientific method, being sceptical about things, being logical, being those people that just know how things work ... they ask questions and they find out and they’re not happy with just being told something,” he said.
ASG NEiTA chairman Allen Blewitt said the awards highlighted positive relationships between teachers and communities.
“ASG NEiTA is one of the only channels where the community gets to express their gratitude through nominating an inspirational teacher, educator, principal or centre director,” he said.
Mr Windle is one of the final 36 nominees for a national award, to be announced in March.
St Paul's Primary School teacher Jacob Windle.