TWO teachers at Rockingham schools have been nominated for the WA Premier’s Primary Teacher of the Year award.
Jodie Schicker, of Bungaree Primary School in Rockingham, and Brigit Wall, of Tuart Rise Primary School in Baldivis, will face off for the crown against Elizabeth Beament, from Karrinyup Primary, and Celeste Cunningham, from Dalkeith Primary School.
Mrs Schicker, who heads up the science department at Bungaree, said the nomination was overwhelming and humbling.
“It’s nice to be acknowledged but its also a reflection of the people that I work with, the admin team that I have and the beautiful students I get to teach every day,” she said.
“Science is something I’ve always taught a lot of. When I first started teaching, I would often swap with other teachers so I could do more.
“It’s about the curiosity of kids to wonder about the world they live in and use that as an opportunity for them to go further with science careers.”
After growing up in Kwinana, Ms Schicker started at Bungaree in 1998.
“I’ve been at the school a the long time and there are currently students that I teach whose parents I taught, which is quite crazy,” she said. “As well as families, I’ve taught all the siblings.
“It’s that sense of community that I love.”
A favourite among fellow staff and students, she said she did not expect to win.
“I’m not going in with any expectations but I think it would be amazing for our school in particular because it’s a great school,” she said.
“It’s just a small public school where a lot of great things happen.”
Bungaree Primary School principal Janine Kinninment spoke of her pride at having Ms Schicker at the school.
“Jodie is a teacher of choice for both parents, carers and students,” she said.
“She is an exemplary teacher, mentor and coach.”
Award winners will be announced at the WA Education Awards on November 28.