For the past 12 years, principal Simon Cook has been teaching the kids of Wilsons Creek primary school, and this week his commitment as a professional educator was recognised at the the NEiTA 2011 ASG Inspirational Teaching Awards.
‘This award is more about everyone and less about me,’ said Mr Cook, who was bashful about the award.
‘I feel it is a recognition of the whole community of Wilsons Creek. We have a very committed community of talented and capable people.
‘This is about the goodwill of the entire community without whose support schools struggle.’
The school has benefited greatly from his leadership over the years, with many buildings and sports facilities built, as well Mr Cook consistently introducing new programs to the school.
In 2009, the school was ranked as the best-performing public school in the North Coast Region of NSW.
Mr Cook is also chairperson of the Brunswick Valley Small Schools Collectives and has been a teacher for 37 years.
The National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA) is supported by not-for-profit organisation the Australian Scholarships Group (ASG).
Image: Professional excellence… Mr Cook surrounded by some of his students. Photo: Jeff Dawson