Three local teaching superstars into the finals for WA Education Awards

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Ridge View Secondary College deputy principal Kacey Single made the top four for her category of WA Secondary Deputy Principal of the Year.
Camera IconRidge View Secondary College deputy principal Kacey Single made the top four for her category of WA Secondary Deputy Principal of the Year.

Three local teaching superstars have made it into the finals for the 2021 WA Education Awards.

Ridge View Secondary College deputy principal Kacey Single, pictured, made the top four in the WA Secondary Deputy Principal of the Year category.

Safety Bay Primary School teacher Alvin Leo and Sheoak Grove Primary School teacher Roseanne Paine have been named finalists for the WA Premier’s Primary Teacher of the Year.

Sheoak Grove Primary School teacher Roseanne Paine made it into the finals for WA Premier's Primary Teacher of the Year.
Camera IconSheoak Grove Primary School teacher Roseanne Paine made it into the finals for WA Premier's Primary Teacher of the Year.

“I am very honoured to be a finalist for the primary teacher of the year award,” Ms Paine said.

“I am part of a fantastic school community whose focus is on ensuring our students, staff and families shine, grow and connect.

“I am a Yilka/Wongutha/Yamatji/Noongar woman and an important part of my role as an Aboriginal teacher is to connect others to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and languages to develop their appreciation and understanding.”

The awards acknowledge the inspiring role school staff play in shaping the lives of children in public schools in WA, while recognising their hard work and innovation.

Safety Bay Primary School teacher Alvin Leo made it into the finals for WA Premier's Primary Teacher of the Year.
Camera IconSafety Bay Primary School teacher Alvin Leo made it into the finals for WA Premier's Primary Teacher of the Year.

“Today's treasures, tomorrow's leaders, is my approach to teaching because it encompasses howI use education to enable each child to contribute towards building communities that are safe, resilient and inclusive,” Mr Leo said.

“Working alongside colleagues who are equally passionate about their role in shaping lives makes a fulfilling experience.”

WA Secondary Deputy Principal of the Year is a new category which has been added to the awards this year.

Ms Single said she was “honoured” to have been considered.

“My favourite part of my job is creating opportunities for success for young people, whatever success may look like for them,” she said.

“Every student deserves an exceptional education that equips them for life beyond school and I am incredibly grateful to play a role in that journey.”

A total of 52 finalists in 13 categories have been recognised across WA. Winners will be announced at a presentation breakfast in Term 4 at Optus Stadium.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said the awards recognise the outstanding work being done every day in public schools in WA.

“I’m pleased we can celebrate excellence in public education this year and the dedication of our staff to providing students with the best opportunities to reach their potential,” Minister Ellery said.

“Congratulations to all our finalists. I look forward to thanking them all for their contribution to education at the presentation breakfast next term.”

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