Bentleigh West Primary School wins at the 2015 Victorian Education Excellence Awards

Member for Bentleigh, Nick Staikos, has congratulated Bentleigh West Primary’s Sarah Asome for winning the Outstanding Primary Teacher Award at the 2015 Victorian Education Excellence Awards.

Winners were announced during an awards ceremony at Melbourne’s Regent Plaza Ballroom on Friday 30 October.

Outstanding principals, teachers, business managers and school support staff from government schools were recognised for their innovation, leadership and contribution to making Victoria the Education State.

Each of the nine category winners received professional development and research grants ranging from $20,000 to $25,000. Sunshine College’s maths team received an extra $20,000 for winning the top gong – the Lindsay Thompson Award for Excellence in Education.

About Bentleigh West Primary’s Sarah Asome:

Sarah Asome is passionate about helping children with dyslexia and other reading difficulties reach their full potential.

In addition to her role as a Foundation to Year 2 teacher, Sarah supports teachers to profile students’ strengths and weaknesses.

Her efforts have had a dramatic effect on student achievement, and her team’s highly-regarded methods have been mirrored by numerous neighbouring schools.

Colleagues seek advice, support and guidance from Sarah on a daily basis, and parents approach her without hesitation.

Sarah’s passion and enthusiasm extends beyond the school gate. She has presented at numerous Australian Dyslexia Association support groups and has even taken time out on personal holidays to visit and advise schools in other states.

 Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh, Nick Staikos

“Bentleigh West Primary is a great example of a school working towards meeting the ambitious Education State targets to have more students reach the highest levels of achievement in mathematics and reading.”

“All finalists deserve our praise and thanks for the crucial work they are doing to give Victorian kids a great education.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino

“We’re investing almost $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so every community has access to great local schools and every child gets the chance to succeed.”

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