Dou­ble dis­tinc­tion

Teacher in class of his own

Eastern Reporter - - Front Page - Kristie Lim

WEST Beech­boro Pri­mary School teacher An­thony Horn (47) has been se­lected as a fi­nal­ist in the WA Premier's Pri­mary Teacher of the Year for the se­cond year in a row.

WEST Beech­boro Pri­mary School Year 4 teacher An­thony Horn feels “em­bar­rassed” by his se­cond straight WA Premier’s Pri­mary Teacher of the Year fi­nal­ist nom­i­na­tion.

The 47-year-old Mor­ley res­i­dent is on the short­list once again.

He has taught at the school for half of his 24-year teach­ing ca­reer af­ter start­ing out as a phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher at Mor­ley Pri­mary School.

He then worked at Jer­ra­mungup Dis­trict High School, Ran­ford Pri­mary School and Scotch Col­lege.

His sub­ject is hu­man­i­ties and so­cial sci­ence and he coaches the school’s cricket and foot­ball teams.

Mr Horn said he was not an am­bi­tious per­son and saw no dif­fer­ence in what other “cham­pion” teach­ers were do­ing in class­rooms.

“We have got such amaz­ing pro­fes­sion­als here,” he said.

“It is a lit­tle em­bar­rass­ing for the light to be on me.

“It (the nom­i­na­tion) let’s you know your work is val­ued by not nec­es­sar­ily get­ting the award, but the whole idea if you work hard you can be ac­knowl­edged.”

In his class­room he has class pho­tos stuck on a wall, along with his­tor­i­cal pieces dat­ing back to when he was a 22-year-old.

“To be a part of help­ing a child ac­cept who they are and find their place in the world is a priv­i­lege,” he said.

“When you un­der­stand the things about self­es­teem, self-im­age and self­worth, and the im­pact of that on a chil­dren’s emo­tional state, to be a part of that is very hum­bling and very sig­nif­i­cant.”

He said he would con­sider lead­er­ship roles in the fu­ture af­ter work­ing as a re­lief deputy prin­ci­pal for two weeks.

Pic­ture: Andrew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d485603

Pic­ture : Andrew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d485603

Pri­mary teacher An­thony Horn has been named a fi­nal­ist.

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