ORANGE High School is the only school in the state to have two teachers receive the Minister’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Head of English Kathleen Maksymczuk and head of administration and physical education teacher Kylie Winslade were honoured with the award, which was handed out to 25 out of 70,000 teachers across the state.
Both teachers said the secret to being good at their job was being passionate and getting joy out of watching students succeed.
“Whether it’s helping them get a fantastic ATAR mark or helping them find a career path,” Mrs Winslade said.
Teachers had to be nominated for the award by their principal, in this case David Lloyd. They then had to write a 1000-word piece about how they meet all the state’s teaching criteria.
Mr Lloyd said he was not surprised the two women were recognised.
“I’m aware of the standard of teaching at this school,” he said.
Mrs Maksymczuk has 18 years of experience behind her but said it was “unbelievable” she had been selected.
Student Ryan Milham was not surprised at all.
He said when he was in year 7 he was not a fan of English but once he had “Mrs Mak” in year 10 it was one of his best subjects.
“I’m even considering extension 2,” he said.
Students Sophia Kloosterman and Samara Lloyd said Mrs Winslade, who has been teaching for 19 years, always had time for her students.
“She’s such an approachable, friendly person,” Sophia said.