A TEACHER who dazzles students with unicycles, magical tricks and complex algebra has scored top place in WA’s awards for education.
Wattle Grove Primary School’s Carl Sanderson is the Premier’s Primary Teacher of the Year in the education awards for his innovative approach to inspiring students.
For the past five years, Mr Sanderson has taught a combined class of the brightest 10 students from Years 4, 5 and 6 at the school.
He has more than 29 years’ experience and is skilled in challenging students to question and enquire, demanding high standards while having fun and fostering resilience.
The mix of circus skills he teaches includes juggling and spinning plates, as a way to develop co-ordination, cross-brain switching abilities and social skills.
“I’m always telling my students that the willingness to work hard, persist when things are tough, and being able to bounce back from setbacks is far more important than IQ,” he said.
Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said it was people like Mr Sanderson who see the potential in every child and work hard to help individuals achieve to the best of their ability.
WA Education Awards 2017 Winners
WA Premier’s Primary Teacher of the Year: Carl Sanderson, Wattle Grove Primary School
WA Premier’s Secondary Teacher of the Year: Jade Warrington, Newton Moore Senior High School
WA Premier’s Excellence in Aboriginal Education Award: Bayulu Remote Community School
WA Primary Principal of the Year: Lisa Criddle, Allendale Primary School
WA Secondary Principal of the Year: Armando Giglia, Butler College
WA Beginning Teacher of the Year: Deborah Yates, Ashdale Secondary College
WA Education Assistant of the Year: Karen Warren, Challis Community Primary School
WA Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer of the Year: Jeanette Hayden, Merredin College
WA School Services Staff Member of the Year: Michelle Dirksz, Rockingham Senior High School
WA Primary School of the Year: Jolimont Primary School
WA Secondary School of the Year: Carine Senior High School