MELVILLE Senior High School teacher Guy Stapleton has been named Secondary Teacher of the Year at the WA Education Awards.
Mr Stapleton won the award for his motivation and inspiration and his use of technology to teach science and inspire excellent results.
“I enjoy establishing a window into the classroom for families to join the learning journey and Connect allows me to do that,” Mr Stapleton said.
“One of the things I like most about my job is knowing that I have inspired other teachers so they can switch their students on to learning in different and varied ways.
“I also like to encourage non-teachers to take up the world’s greatest occupation – teaching.”
His high level knowledge of robotics and information technology, and his passion for mentoring teachers, made robotics a highly sought after course at the school.
After speaking to parents and students, judges found Mr Stapleton was a teacher because he wanted to get the most out of each and every student.
Mr Stapleton came up with innovative ways to teach, including writing songs to get students interested in science and retain information.
His songs were extremely popular with students.
They were uploaded to Connect, the department’s online learning community for students, teachers and parents.
One of his standout moments was the creation of a song, Chemical Change, to help students recall the evidence for the formation of new chemical substances.