Teacher tran­si­tion pays off

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

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.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

St Paul's Pri­mary School teacher Ja­cob Win­dle.

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