Proser­pine teacher voted ‘best in the world’

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Lucy Smith

HE’S one in a mil­lion – at least to the stu­dents he teaches and their fam­i­lies.

Proser­pine State School teacher Ryan Gil­mour has been voted the re­gion’s “fa- vourite” teacher across the Whit­sun­days and Mackay.

Last Fri­day, the Year 6 teacher was of­fi­cially no­ti­fied of his win and on Mon­day his en­tire school got to join in the fun.

While the Star 101.9 ra­dio-led com­pe­ti­tion was of­fi­cially about en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to nom­i­nate the teacher they thought de- served that lit­tle bit of ex­tra recog­ni­tion, to Mr Gil­mour’s stu­dents he’s sim­ply the “best teacher in the world”.

FUN, sporty, the “best teacher in the world” – that’s how Proser­pine State School Year Six stu­dents de­scribe teacher Ryan Gil­mour.

Last week Mr Gil­mour re­ceived Star 101.9’s prize for be­ing the “favourite” teacher in Mackay and the Whit­sun­days.

About 135,000 votes were cast al­to­gether, and Star 101.9 spokes­woman Mikaela Bella said Mr Gil­mour re­ceived “by far” the largest num­ber of votes.

Year Six stu­dent Ryan Don­nelly’s mother nom­i­nated Mr Gil­mour for the prize.

“I al­ways said (to mum) how he was a re­ally good teacher,” he said. “(And) he was com­ing fourth af­ter (just) a few days.”

An­other of Mr Gil­mour’s stu­dents, Mac Rogers, said each stu­dent in the class vot- ed al­most ev­ery day for the four weeks the com­pe­ti­tion was run­ning.

“We all voted for Mr G any chance we got, be­cause we re­ally thought the school and Mr G de­served the prizes,” Mac said.

Trixie Mick­el­bor­ough said she voted for Mr Gil­mour be­cause he was just the “best teacher in the world”.

“He lets us have lots of fun and has a joke,” she said.

Mr Gil­mour won an iPad and each mem­ber of his class won an iPod Shuf­fle and movie passes.

The school re­ceives an iMac com­puter and a pal­let of printer pa­per.

Mr Gil­mour started teach­ing at Proser­pine last year. “For a lot of them, I’m the first male teacher they’ve had... they like that I get out and play sport with them at lunchtime and hand­ball,” he said.

WHAT A STAR: Mikaela Bella, Saskia McDon­ald, Trixie Mick­el­bor­ough, Ryan Gil­mour, Mac Rogers, Ryan Don­nelly and Jess Dawes cel­e­brate Proser­pine State School's win.

CEL­E­BRAT­ING: Rob Kidd, Mikaela Bella of Star FM, teacher of ther year Ryan Gil­mour, school prin­ci­pal Rob Tem­ple­ton and the stu­dent who nom­i­nated Mr Gil­mour, Ryan Don­nelly.

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