Harmony Primary School education assistant a finalist at WA education awards

Sharmila Clissold with student, Hunter Brechin. Photo: Carla Vasukicakau
Sharmila Clissold with student, Hunter Brechin. Photo: Carla Vasukicakau

INSPIRED by her students, Harmony Primary School education assistant Sharmila Clissold has been nominated as a finalist at the WA Education awards.

Ms Clissold, who has been working at the school since 2011, was nominated for WA Education Assistant of the Year.

Ms Clissold said when she found out she was nominated she “may have cried a little”.

“I was thrilled that our deputy principal and the rest of the administration had taken the time to write my nomination,” she said.

“To find out I then became a finalist was the icing on the cake. I am so lucky to work with an amazing leadership group who have given me so many opportunities to develop my own leadership skills.”

Ms Clissold oversees all of the education assistants’ intervention both socially and academically.

She said there are many reasons why she loves her job.

“Seeing the children I work with smiling and feeling proud when they have mastered a concept or understood something that they may not have the day before,” she said.

“The engagement and excitement of these children wanting to learn is pretty special.

“I want to continue upskilling in the area of literacy intervention. I have a real desire to equip our students to become independent and confident learners.”