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ECU teachers changing lives

Friday, 07 December 2012


Five of ECU’s graduate teachers have received the accolade WA Beginning Teacher of the Year at the annual WA Education Awards.

The awards celebrate the exceptional work of the next generation of graduate teachers. This year there were eight recipients, five of which were ECU graduates:

  • Rachael Lehr – West Beechboro Primary School
  • Jacqui Webster – Geographe Education Support Centre
  • Kerryn Woodhouse – Atwell Primary School
  • Melanie Cross - Waggrakine Primary School
  • Drew Mayhills – Applecross Senior High School

 ECU graduate Melanie Cross always wanted to be a school teacher. Previously an Indonesian language teacher, she has now taken on the challenge of teaching her own year 6 class.

“My university choices were all education – there was never another option in mind. I always wanted to be a teacher,” Melanie said.

Fellow winner and ECU graduate Drew Mayhills was the guest speaker at ECU’s January graduation ceremony for the School of Education.  For Drew, teaching is all about changing the lives of his students.

His time at Applecross Senior High School has seen him start a guitar group, coach the debating team and initiate after school classes for at-risk students.

He also acts as mentor for undergraduate ECU teaching students.

“I don’t think there is anything more worthwhile you could possibly do with your time than to help young people make a better future for themselves and their communities.”

For more information, and to view the full list of winners, visit the Department of Education website.


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