Top teachers rewarded

Paarl teacher Tanya Ernstzen

Western Cape teachers were honoured for their commitment and dedication, at the 17th Annual Teaching Awards Ceremony on Friday November 4.

The evening’s theme “Our Teachers: Our Olympians,” praised the many excellent teachers in the province who “are our country’s champions” according to MEC for Education, Debbie Schafer.

“Tonight we celebrate excellence in teaching and we honour some of the outstanding educators who have gone above and beyond the call of duty, to ensure that they are the champions we need in our schools.

“They are those who inspire and motivate our children every day,” Ms Schafer said in her keynote address.

“The role of a teacher in a child’s life cannot be overemphasised.

“Each child is a blank canvas and the teachers who have learners in their care for hours every day make a mark on that canvas that can never be erased. Now this is a responsibility that most would shy away from, but not those who are here tonight.”

Among those honoured, was Paarl teacher Tanya Ernstzen, for excellence in special needs and inclusive teaching.

Ms Ernstzen teaches at Ligstraal School for Learners with Special Educational Needs (LSEN) in Paarl.