TEACHER Annemaree Hunter, of Yarrabah School in Aspendale, is more than a role model for her pupils – she’s a guiding light for fellow teachers, too.
On Friday at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne she was presented with a Principals’ Association of Specialist Schools (PASS) Outstanding Primary Teacher award.
Education minister James Merlino said the awards honoured the outstanding achievements of those working with children and young people with disabilities at specialist schools, and helping them achieve their full potential.
“Every award winner has made an outstanding contribution to the learning, wellbeing and life outcomes of Victorian kids with disabilities,” he said.
Yarrabah principal Matthew Harris described Ms Hunter as “a great person” and praised her role in overseeing the work of four teachers and six education support staff.
“She’s a tremendous leader and everyone admires her work with the kids, parents and staff,” he said.
“She’s a mentor and leader in the junior section to 35-40 pupils.”
At Yarrabah for 21 years, Ms Hunter said she found teaching her “beautiful students” both “challenging and motivating”.
“This is the most wonderful place and I’ll never leave. I am really chuffed,” she said.
“I love working with the specialist service staff, including occupational and speech therapists, physios and other teachers, and especially my involvement with our special therapy programs.”
Yarrabah was founded in 1974 as a Uniting Church school, and came under the Education Department in 1976.