Aboriginal mentor at KSHS up for top gong

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Boyd Woods has been nominated as WA Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer of the Year finalist.
Camera IconBoyd Woods has been nominated as WA Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer of the Year finalist. Credit: John Dobson

Katanning Senior High School education officer, Boyd Woods, is a finalist in the prestigious State Education Awards

Mr Woods who also graduated from Katanning SHS is nominated as one of the top finalist in the WA Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer of the Year category.

Mr Woods, who has been working in his role for one and a half years, said he was surprised when he first heard the news.

“I always wanted to be a positive role model for the Aboriginal community in town,” he said.

“And I want to help them to be the best that they can be,” he said.

“So it was just a good feeling to be recognised for my work with the kids and I’m very grateful with the amount of support that the staff has given me over the years.”

Mr Woods is now competing for the award with Barbara Dalgety from Bluff Point Primary School and Jade Muli from Warwick Senior High School.

Winners will be announced on November 26.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said the WA Education Awards are a stellar opportunity to acknowledge local inspiring teachers. “I think every one of us can remember a stand-out teacher or other staff from our school days — and today's group of educators is being rightly acknowledged for the mark they are making on students' lives,” she said.

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