WA Education Awards: West Beechboro Primary School teacher notches back-to-back nominations

West Beechboro PS teacher Anthony Horn has been named a finalist in the WA Education Awards for the WA Premier’s Primary Teacher of the Year category. It is the second-straight year he has been a finalist. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
West Beechboro PS teacher Anthony Horn has been named a finalist in the WA Education Awards for the WA Premier’s Primary Teacher of the Year category. It is the second-straight year he has been a finalist. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

WEST Beechboro Primary School Year 4 teacher Anthony Horn feels “embarrassed” by his second straight WA Premier’s Primary Teacher of the Year finalist nomination.

The 47-year-old Morley resident made the shortlist in the WA Education Awards, where winners will be announced on November 26.

He has been teaching at the school for half of his 24-year teaching career, after starting as a physical education teacher at Morley Primary School and working at Jerramungup District High School, Ranford Primary School and Scotch College.

While he loved teaching humanities and social sciences, especially history, he still enjoyed coaching the school’s cricket and football teams.

Mr Horn said he was not an ambitious person and saw no difference in what other “champion” teachers were doing in their classrooms.

“We have got such amazing professionals here as staff and the work that they do, it is a little embarrassing for the light to be on me,” he said.

“So I guess what it (nomination) does do, it let’s you know that it is valued by not necessarily getting the award but just that whole idea of if you work hard, you can be acknowledged.”

Beechboro Primary School Year 4 teacher Anthony Horn in action. Photo: Andrew Ritchie

In his classroom, he had all class photos stuck on a wall along with historical pieces, which date back to when he was a 22-year-old.

“To be a part of helping a child accept who they are and find their place in the world – it is a privilege,” he said.

“Not necessarily they have bad things going on at home but I know that there are other children where their dads live away.

“When you understand the things about self-esteem, self-image and self-worth that is impacting on children’s emotional state – to be a part of that is very humbling and very significant.”

He said having a great boss in principal Ray Boyd and an enthusiastic class made him enjoy coming to work each day.

After relieving as deputy principal for two weeks, he said he would consider getting into leadership roles in the future.