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Teaching award honours shear passion for wool industry

Media release

Robert Carter of the C. Y. O’Connor Institute in Northam has been recognised for his passion and commitment to learning with the Curtin University Teaching Excellence Award at the 2013 Regional Achievement and Community Awards.

The award acknowledges people who are passionate about their work with students and have demonstrated a pattern of outstanding service in regional and rural Western Australia.

Course Coordinator of Wool Classing at C. Y. O’Connor Institute, Mr Carter in 2007 established wool classing training, which now makes up 12 per cent of all Institute training.

His students learn wool harvesting on a working farm and the programs directly contribute to the farming economy by ensuring farmers are able to correctly prepare and class their wool to achieve substantially higher prices.

Mr Carter was presented with his award by Dr Susan Beltman, Director Student Experience in the School of Education at Curtin University, who said his work was an outstanding example of commitment to education in regional Western Australia.

“Curtin’s School of Education strive to develop graduates who are dedicated, passionate, knowledgeable and innovative – all attributes that have clearly been identified in Robert’s achievements, making him a worthy recipient of our 2013 Teaching Excellence Award.”

“Robert has developed learning programs which cater to a broad range of participants, including those with literacy challenges, students returning to the workforce, seasoned contractors and university graduates. Robert is an excellent example of how education can improve industry.”

The award is one category within the Regional Achievement and Community Awards, which celebrate the achievements of regional and rural Western Australian individuals and community groups.

About the Curtin Teaching Excellence Award:

The Curtin University Teaching Excellence Award acknowledges people who are passionate about their work with students and have demonstrated a pattern of outstanding service. This award recognises those who have the ability and skills to inspire students of all ages, and the significant creative, intellectual and conceptual demands required of them as teachers.

The Curtin University Teaching Excellence Award provides an opportunity for the whole community to gain inspiration from teachers by acknowledging their achievements and contribution to outstanding service in the local community. This award is open to qualified teachers, teacher assistants, and pre-service educators living in regional WA.

More information on the Regional Achievement and Community Awards.

Media contact

Joanne Penny, Public Relations Officer, Curtin University

Tel: +61 8 9266 4364 Email: j.penny@curtin.edu.au