Popular Tomaree High construction teacher Adrian Crew has taken out the annual Robert Begg's Vocational Education and Training (VET) Teacher of the Year award for 2019.
Mr Crew, a former Nelson Bay High School student who has qualifications in both carpentry and motor mechanics, received the award due to his commitment to student excellence in VET studies.
The presentation hosted by Youth Express [training provider] took place at Maitland's Mecure Hotel on November 26.
"My initial reaction was one of total shock. I did not expect to win the award. The competition was tough and there were so many other highly qualified teachers," Mr Crew said.
"I do feel privileged to have been recognised by my peers." Mr Crew said that he was extremely proud of his 20 years of teaching students and preparing them for life outside of school.
"What I enjoy the most about VET teaching is the interaction with students and providing them with real world skills in the construction industry.
"We get a lot of positive feedback from businesses about how well the students are prepared once they enter a work site. It is our job to ensure they can transition to work in a seamless way."
Tomaree High's community liaison officer Stephen Jennings said that Mr Crew had introduced initiatives such as the construction of a scaled house by Year 12 students.
"Staff and students congratulate Adrian on this tremendous recognition."
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