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Wednesday, 29 November 2017


The WA Education Awards 2017 was a stellar night for Edith Cowan University’s School of Education, with three graduates being judged the best in their class.

The School’s graduates were named the Beginning Teacher of the Year, Primary School Teacher of the Year and Primary School Principal of the Year at awards, which are celebrating their tenth anniversary.

Better beginnings

It didn’t take long after graduating for Deborah Yates to start making an impact on her Ashdale Secondary College students.

The ECU graduate and STEM and photography teacher was named the WA Beginning Teacher of the Year.

She said her students have as much of an impact on her as she does on them.

“The students in my Year 12 photography class have so much personality and I’m going to miss them all at the end of this year. I’ve taught lots of students in this class for two years and it’s made me realise how important it is to develop rapport with students and get to know them individually,” she said.

The WA Beginning Teacher of the Year award is sponsored by ECU’s School of Education.

Primary focus

For Wattle Grove Primary School teacher and ECU graduate Carl Sanderson, unicycles, whale rib bones and cars powered by mousetraps are all valuable tools to inspire a love of learning.

Mr Sanderson, who teaches a class of academically gifted students at the Perth Hills school, was named the Primary School Teacher of the Year.

“I teach my students circus skills – riding unicycles, juggling and spinning plates. It’s an excellent way to develop coordination, cross-brain switching, persistence and social skills. At the end we put on a big show for the junior primary students,” he said.

Principled position

Under the leadership of Principal Lisa Criddle, Allendale Primary School in Geraldton has seen a marked improvement in students’ literacy and numeracy achievements.

It was for this dedication to her students’ development that the ECU graduate was recognised as the Primary School Principal of the Year.

“I love seeing children learning and feeling excited about what they have achieved,” she said.

“I love talking with children about their weekend and what they’ve been doing. I love interacting with parents and staff each day to hear about their successes and challenges, and what makes school great for them.”

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