War­wick’s teacher of the year

Wanneroo Weekender - - Front Page - Lucy Jarvis

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.”

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d489022

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.

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