TWO Mandurah teachers are among 13 exceptional teachers in WA who have made an impact in their communities and been honoured with ASDC National Excellence in Teaching Awards.
Frederick Irwin Anglican School’s Carl Grice and Stephen Julian from Mandurah Catholic College are among 60 State and Territory recipients selected from 1450 nominations.
Carl Grice moved to Australia from England several years ago.
Having initially worked as a supply teacher he was offered a permanent position at Frederick Irwin as a Year 7 teacher and is now in his third year at the school.
Falling in love with the Mandurah beach life, he became a patrolling member of Mandurah Surf Life Saving Club where he took bronze, silver and gold medals in his first state games.
He believes the effectiveness of his teaching is through facilitating learning of the whole person not just the academic part.
“Rather than only pushing for higher grades, show young people instead how to self-reflect, how making mistakes is part of the learning process, to be resilient, to celebrate every success and strive for excess in all aspects of life,’’ he said.
Stephen Julian has been a mathematics teacher for 24 years and at Mandurah Catholic College for the past 11 years, teaching Years 7 to 12.
“One of my strongest assets as a teacher is my passion for teaching mathematics and my ability to treat students with respect,’’ he said.
“I try to create a positive learning environment for the students that enhances their desire for mathematics.”
Mr Julian has been a Texas Instruments National Technology instructor for the past nine years, giving him the chance to present at numerous state, national and international conferences.
He also runs seminars for the University of Notre Dame for senior mathematics students.
ASG NeiTA chief executive John Velegrinis said the teachers had an enormous responsibility in shaping and guiding young people as well as supporting the education aspirations families had for their children.
“Their teaching stretches beyond the core curriculum and standardised testing and they also help children develop the social skills needed to develop into successful adults,’’ he said.