Popular teacher nominated for WA Beginning Teacher Of The Year.

Teacher of the year nominee Sebastian Salinas flanked by students  Catherine DeGray, Jovic Lana, Caelan Toki and Emily Hodgson.Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au   d444078
Teacher of the year nominee Sebastian Salinas flanked by students Catherine DeGray, Jovic Lana, Caelan Toki and Emily Hodgson.Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d444078

A SWAN View Senior High School teacher is a finalist in this year’s WA Education Awards.

Seb Salinas is the teacher in charge of physical education, and one of four finalists for the WA Beginning Teacher of the Year.

Mr Salinas goes beyond his role as a PE teacher; he also leads and coordinates the specialist basketball program and has specialist qualifications in sports coaching and recreation.

Education Minister Peter Collier said the awards were a great way to celebrate outstanding staff in public schools.

“Each year we honour the best schools and teachers, leaders and other school staff,” he said.

“It’s always inspiring to see how they are changing the lives of students and preparing them for the future.”

Mr Salinas was nominated by a group of colleagues, including the leadership team at the school.

Principal Melesha Sands said the nomination was prompted by a positive feedback from students, teachers and parents.

“He was nominated for his commitment to students and teaching, for his work in the basketball program, his organisation of events and his positivity and great relationships with the school community,” she said.

Mr Salinas said he had always had an interest in teaching, especially health and physical education.

“I like to see the students experience success, and watch them develop from young adults into great citizens knowing I have been a positive influence to them,” he said.

Award winners will be announced November 30.