Pilbara teacher in line for accolade
A first-year Roebourne District High School teacher has made it to the short list for the Department of Education’s WA Education Awards.
Science and maths secondary school teacher Steven New is one of four finalists for the department’s WA Beginning Teacher of the Year Award.
He arrived in Roebourne at the beginning of this year, fresh after finishing his studies at the University of Western Australia.
Principal David Paine said staff had nominated Mr New for the award for his professionalism and commitment.
He said the new teacher had made an effort to invest in the school and its students from the beginning of his tenure, even introducing himself to children by performing a song for them on his guitar.
He targeted students’ different learning needs in the classroom to make sure no one felt left behind.
“Steven’s been highly skilled in taking the time to work with our staff and students to find out where the students are at in their maths and science skills, to find out where are the holes in their learning and what they need to do to really improve their outcomes,” he said.
“The toughest skill to learn as a teacher is the ability to extend every single student in every lesson and he has gone to great lengths to do that.”
Mr Paine said it was the work of teachers such as Mr New that had seen the secondary school attendance rate jump by about 15 per cent from Semester 1 to Semester 2 this year. “To go from being a graduate to coming in, building relationships, working in a team and being a contributing member of the school and getting such a huge rise in student attendance is massive,” he said.
“We’re so excited for Steven and ... the success of him being recognised is also the recognition of our students, community and school as a whole.”
The WA Education Awards winners were due to be announced on Monday.
Roebourne District High School teacher Steven New is on the short list for the WA Beginning Teacher of the Year Award. Picture: Tom Zaunmayr