Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - SAM TURNER

FOL­LOW­ING a rig­or­ous few days of vot­ing, the North Burnett’s best teacher was an­nounced last week.

Teach­ing prin­ci­pal of Coal­stoun Lakes State School Lyn Brook topped the leader­board, se­cur­ing more than 60 votes from our on­line poll.

Ms Brook said to even be nom­i­nated by her com­mu­nity was an hon­our.

“To have that ac­knowl­edg­ment from the par­ents and the com­mu­nity is just huge,” Ms Brook said.

“Hav­ing that re­spect from peo­ple who know you’re go­ing give their chil­dren the best pos­si­ble ed­u­ca­tion, that’s what my aim is ev­ery day I go into work.”

Ms Brook was orig­i­nally ap­pointed as a teacher aide at Coal­stoun Lakes in 1988, a po­si­tion she thrived in, and wanted to pur­sue.

She at­tended univer­sity af­ter re­al­is­ing teach­ing was her de­sired field, and com­pleted her de­gree in 2002.

Biggen­den State School then of­fered her a po­si­tion in a be­hav­iour man­age­ment role shortly af­ter­wards, be­fore she started as the act­ing prin­ci­pal at Coal­stoun Lakes in 2013.

“I then ap­plied for the po­si­tion in 2018, and was suc­cess­ful,” she said.

“I feel like I’ve done a full cir­cle.”

Coal­stoun Lakes State School runs from Prep to Year 6, and 25 stu­dents are en­rolled at the small coun­try school.

“When I was a teacher aide I had a love for kids, and I have no kids of my own, but I would of­ten think that if I did, what would I want them do­ing, and learn­ing,” Ms

Brook said.

“I walk in through that gate ev­ery morn­ing for them, and there’s no other rea­son that I go to school, and the chil­dren pick up on that.”

Pic­ture: Erica Mur­ree

AS VOTED BY YOU: Teach­ing prin­ci­pal Lyn Brook from Coal­stoun Lakes State School has been named the re­gion’s best teacher by read­ers.

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