SECOND PLACE: South Burnett’s Best Teacher as voted by you
TODAY is National Teachers Day and to commemorate we did a call out-on our Facebook page and were overwhelmed by the heartwarming responses from South Burnett locals.
Teachers are an important part of any community and play a vital role in shaping the lives of our younger generation.
National Teacher Day is as good a time as any to show our gratitude and appreciation for our local teachers.
South Burnett Times readers praised our teachers for their kindness, understanding, patience, and gentle ways with their students.
In second place we had Simone Newitt from Blackbutt State School.
Ms Newitt said she loved being a teacher and was very grateful to be nominated.
"It's so lovely to get this kind of feedback," she said.
"It spurs me on to continue my efforts to helps students and their families in our community.
"I love working at Blackbutt State School and I feel proud to be a part of the community."
Ms Newitt has been a teacher for over 20 years now, and said teaching was her passion.
"I try to think of teaching as being a service to the community," she said.
"I think it's really important to listen to what every individual kid needs, then try and support them the best I can.
"It's also important to work with and build relationships with their families and the rest of the community.
"I just love what I do and I couldn't see myself doing anything else at the moment."
Blackbutt State School principal Gayle Williamson said she was incredibly proud of Ms Newitt.
"She really deserves this," she said.
"She's a quiet achiever, very humble, and just an asset to our team.
"She is our inclusion teacher, which means she works with our special needs students. But it's more than that. She works with all of our students to support them in their learning."
Principal Williamson said Ms Newitt was very loved by the school, students, and the community.
"I just don't know where we would be without her," she said.
"All of the other teachers look up to her as a leader.
"She's made a huge difference here and is very loved."