Teacher rewarded for her dedication

Deborah Fieldwick. Picture: Jon Hewsond392498
Deborah Fieldwick. Picture: Jon Hewsond392498

The education support centre caters for secondary students with learning disabilities.

A dedicated teacher, Ms Fieldwick with the help of committed teachers and education assistants has created a unique teaching environment for her students.

During her time as principal Ms Fieldwick built a sensory room for children enrolled in the education support centre.

She also helped grow a distinctive sensory garden for the same children.

The modest educator credits ‘inspirational teachers and mentors in her own life’ for her contributions.

In recent years, the centre experienced an increasing number of enrolments of students with complex special needs.

This year, the school received a ‘more support for students with disabilities ” distinctive schools, expertise grant’.

The grant acknowledges the high level of expertise in the education of students with disabilities.

Because of this, the school will support training of staff in 15 other WA schools to improve outcomes for students with disabilities.

In 2010, Mrs Fieldwick’s staff and students established a local coast care group where they cared for the local beach and grew trees.

Her students won the Schools First, Community Partnerships Impact Award with prize money of $50,000, which bought the centre a new bus.

NEiTA awards provide the community an opportunity to recognise and reward the work of inspiring teachers.

Ms Fieldwick was selected from more than 1350 nominations received from around Australia.