Teacher fol­lows her heart

MOVE FROM SCI­ENCE TO TEACH­ING PAYS OFF

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Como - Su­sanne Reilly

COMO Pri­mary School teacher Rachel Martino says she feels “hon­oured” to be nom­i­nated as a fi­nal­ist in the Be­gin­ning Teacher cat­e­gory for the 2014 WA Ed­u­ca­tion Awards.

The 23-year-old teaches Years 6/7 at Como Pri­mary School and has al­ways re­ally loved work­ing with kids.

“I started out in a sci­ence de­gree be­fore mov­ing across to teach­ing and I have never looked back,” she said.

“The Year 6/7 kids are very fun and en­ter­tain­ing.”

She said the awards were a great ini­tia­tive for teach­ers to be recog­nised.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Peter Col­lier said the awards were a fan­tas­tic way for stu­dents, par­ents and school com­mu­ni­ties to cel­e­brate the dif­fer­ence school staff make to the lives of chil­dren.

■ Award win­ners will be an­nounced at a break­fast on De­cem­ber 1.

■ Each win­ner will re­ceive $25,000, with a por­tion to be spent on pro­fes­sional learn­ing.

■ Win­ning schools will re­ceive $15,000.

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