Glen Innes Public School home to NSW's best teacher's aide and best parent

AWARD WINNERS: Glen Innes Public School duo Natasha Ward and Jeanette Hillier both won awards for excellence.
AWARD WINNERS: Glen Innes Public School duo Natasha Ward and Jeanette Hillier both won awards for excellence.

Glen Innes Public School is blessed with no one but two of NSW's best members of a school community

Learning support teacher Jeanette Hillier said she was "humbled" to learn she was the teacher's aid of the year for NSW.

Meanwhile Glen Innes Public School administrative assistant and P and C President Natasha Ward won parent of the year.

Born in Barraba, Jeanette Hillier was often in trouble as a student, in and out of the classroom for talking and other behavior offences.

Now she helps Glen Innes kids struggling with their own behavior problems figure out what they can get out of formal education.

"I always wanted to be a teacher, as a small child," she said.

"I don't say I was naughty - I'm not different now to what I was as a child. Now it's wit and people love to around you, but when you're a child it's cheekiness and it's a different kettle of fish.

"Cheeky, witty, up to no good."

While she was talking with the Examiner the young Curtis Haselwood approached to hand her a card congratulating the Learning Support Officer of four years for the award.

The card was even spelled correctly.

"You just do your job and try to make a difference," she said.

"To me it's just a natural process that you try to build rapport with the children and once you build rapport with them you can see where the need is.

"You've got to get to know them."

Glen Innes student Curtis Haselwood gave Jeanette Hillier this card.

Glen Innes student Curtis Haselwood gave Jeanette Hillier this card.

P and C president Natasha Ward, who has two kids at Glen Innes Public School, learned last week she was one of eleven public school parents of the year, as judged by the Education Minister.

She said when she got the email she was embarrassed.

"At first I was really embarrassed, but it's quite humbling to be recognised for all the hard work that you do," she said.

"Not only to benefit your own children but to benefit all children within this school.

"And I guess I'm blessed that I work here as well so I love each and every one of the kids that are here and they're just great."

Natasha Ward, one of the 11 NSW parents of the year.

Natasha Ward, one of the 11 NSW parents of the year.

Glen Innes could even go one better than this double win.

Jeanette Hillier will now go into the competition for the national teacher's aid of the year ("go the blues" she joked).

The winner will find out this Thursday September 5, after judging Australian Teacher Aide. NSW is due for a win - a Queenslander was last year's Teacher Aid of the Year.

Year two teacher Marianne Bower has worked with Jeanette Hillier for 3 years, and gushed about the teacher's aide.

"She looks at the big picture and weaves the magic," she said.

Member for Northern Tabelands Adam Marshall said he was proud that Glen Innes Public school had such talent.

"It's awesome isn't it, Glen Innes is punching well above its weight," he said.

"It would make me feel very proud if I was a parent who had a child at this school because you've got some of the best in the business here at Glen Innes Public.

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