Teaching talent shining bright in Hills schools

Teachers Rebecca Preisig, Christel Ferrari, Kath Tester, Clare Pustkuchen, teacher’s assistant Zdenka Hercik-Saul  and Trish Paice. Picture: Martin Kennealey         d445786
Teachers Rebecca Preisig, Christel Ferrari, Kath Tester, Clare Pustkuchen, teacher’s assistant Zdenka Hercik-Saul and Trish Paice. Picture: Martin Kennealey        d445786

DARLINGTON Primary School kindergarten teacher Claire Pustkuchen was happy to learn she had earned a lot of votes in an initiative to find the best teacher in the State.

Her class voted for her 15 times in the Education Department’s Shining Star competition.

School communities submitted the names of the teachers at their school they believe to be shining stars.

Eight teachers at Darlington Primary School were nominated and it was the Hills school with the highest number of votes.

Principal Maree James said she was delighted with the results.

“Teachers have been recognised for their work and they have done such a good job,” she said.

Ms Pustkuchen works at two schools: with junior primary students at Mundaring Primary and at Darlington Primary.

She was nominated by parents, who told her at a special morning tea.

“There are definitely strong links to the community and the teachers here have a lovely partnership with parents in the collaboration of the students’ education,” Ms James said.

World Teachers Day is celebrated today and recognises the role played by teachers in providing quality education.