THIRD 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 third place we had Sean Wicks from Kingaroy State High School. Mr Wicks was nominated by Abby Dwight for:
"Taking us to cattle shows almost every weekend from the end of February to the Middle of June,"she wrote.
Mr Wicks has been teaching for over 15 years now and said he loved it.
"For me it's all about the kids," he said.
"I see so much potential in all of my kids and it just really warms my heart to see them growing and learning.
"To be a part of that development and such an important part of their lives is really special to me."
Mr Wicks grew up on a farm in the South Burnett and believes it is this background that has best equipped him for his role as agricultural teacher and co-ordinator.
"I've been running the ag program since I started - for six years now," he said.
" I've really enjoyed it and getting to help the kids in that program.
"I think it's a really important industry and it's important for the kids to learn about."
Mr Wicks said he was surprised and humbled to be nominated at all for Best Teacher, let alone to make the top three.
"I think there's a lot of better teachers than me out there," he said.
"I really am a bit shocked.
"But also very grateful. It really means a lot to me."
One of Mr Wicks' agriculture students, Byron Brunner, said he loved having Mr Wicks as a teacher.
"Sir goes out of his way for the students and to support us," he said.
"He also tells the best dad jokes.
"He really is like our dad when he takes us away to show cattle. I don't know where we would be without him."