Teachers win praise for literacy work
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.