Warwick’s teacher of the year
WARWICK Senior High School teacher Ben Garnaut says he feels humbled to receive the beginning teacher of the year title at this week’s WA Education Awards.
Mr Garnaut, who teaches science in years 7 to 10 and physics in years 11 and 12, said teaching was a team effort and credited his colleagues for his success.
“I was pretty humbled and shocked with the award,” he said.
Mr Garnaut had been working as a FIFO geologist when he decided to change careers to find more meaning in his job.
“I went on a holiday and during this time I had the epiphany that teaching would be a great job,” he said.
“I wrote my application to ECU while on that holiday and since then I have found my vocation.”
Mr Garnaut had tried a range of different careers, including geology, landscaping and a coffee busi- ness, Higher Grounds, which he started with a friend who still runs it.
His parents were also both teachers and his dad was once district director of education.
The Fremantle resident first started at Warwick SHS as a student teacher in 2015 before graduating from teaching at ECU in 2016.
He won the Science Teachers Association of WA’s Jeff Cahill Award early career science teacher award last year for his efforts to keep students excited about science.
Associate principal Robyn Cleaver said he was an exceptional teacher.
“Ben has played a major role in curriculum development in science since his arrival,” she said.
“He has introduced an electronics option course, incorporating experiences that are both exciting and challenging to increase student interest.”
WA beginning teacher of the year award winner Ben Garnaut with students Maggie Tat, Aidan McCrory, Hef Bava, Bronte Scaife, Sam Cahill and Ryan Craig.