Margs Teacher Receives Honour

Teacher Kerry Hastie of Margaret River Senior High School has been named as a finalist of the WA Premier’s Secondary Teacher of the Year. The state finalists for the 2012 WA Education Awards were announced during last week, with this year’s awards featuring nine categories.

The news article “Teacher honoured” has full details on this story. It says: “Nominated by a parent, Kerry co-ordinates and teaches the Senior School Engagement Program, an alternative program that aims to individualise education and prepare students for completing school. She has worked on the program at the school since 2008, making it her full time job for the past three years.”

Speaking of her nomination, Kerry said, “It’s humbling, actually. The program itself is really quite significant. I can’t do it without a great administration team. It’s a real team effort.”

A board of judges will now pay a visit to the school and talk with students and staff before final judging. After visiting the site and conducting interviews, the judges will compile their report based on the feedback.

WA Education Awards honours exceptional schools, principals, teachers and support staff across the state. This year, there are 47 state finalists for nine categories, ranging from experienced principles to enthusiastic young teachers.

Each award is judged by a board of independent education specialists. The entire process is supervised by the Department of Education. The board of judges consists of senior Department of Education officials, sponsors as well as representatives from academia and education associations.

Winners and finalists will be awarded cash prizes. Cash prizes for individuals will include a professional learning component that will not only benefit the individual but also their school, and more importantly, their students.

The awards giving ceremony will be held in Perth on December 03rd. All nominees will be invited to attend this prestigious event.

About the WA Education Awards:

Currently in its 05th year, the WA Education Awards recognises the brilliant contribution of principals, teachers and support staff across the state. It also honours schools that have taken measures to improve learning opportunities for their students, shape the future of education in WA and encourage participation of the local community. There isn’t any better way to appreciate the achievements of WA schools and school staff than through entering them into the WA Education Awards. The Awards are the highest tribute that public schools in the state can achieve.

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