Teach­ers win praise for lit­er­acy work

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Ali­cia Per­era

Two Pil­bara teach­ers have been an­nounced as joint win­ners of an an­nual State ed­u­ca­tor award for im­prov­ing the lit­er­acy of Abo­rig­i­nal chil­dren.

De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion Pil­bara re­gional ser­vices teacher Louise Wood­vine, who also works at Bayn­ton West Pri­mary, and Yande­yarra Re­mote Com­mu­nity School teacher Jes­sica Al­bers received the Kate Mullin Teacher Award last week for their con­tri­bu­tions to im­prov­ing in­dige­nous lit­er­acy in WA.

Kate Mullin As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Ken Mullin said there had pre­vi­ously been mul­ti­ple win­ners of the teacher award but rarely from the same area.

“What is un­usual is that the two win­ners come from the same re­gion — the Pil­bara,” he said.

“The Pil­bara has ben­e­fited from the ex­cel­lent work done by Sue Beath, the Abo­rig­i­nal Ed­u­ca­tion co-or­di­na­tor for the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion.”

Dr Mullin said Ms Wood­vine and Ms Al­bers stood out for their high scores on the award cri­te­ria of im­prov­ing stu­dents’ lit­er­acy, pro­mot­ing their links with fam­ily and com­mu­nity, and valu­ing their home lan­guage and cul­ture.

The KMA was es­tab­lished in 2011 in hon­our of WA English as sec­ond lan­guage lit­er­acy con­sul­tant Kate Mullin, who died in a car ac­ci­dent in 2008.

Its teacher award was set up to en­cour­age qual­ity teach­ing as a key com­po­nent of im­prov­ing Abo­rig­i­nal lit­er­acy, and is spon­sored by the Lind­say Cozens Trust and Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fice.

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