Super teacher and Aussie Local hero Eddie Woo has been named as one of the world’s top 10 educators and stands to win $1.27 million if he takes out the top prize, news.com.au reports.
The Cherrybrook Technology High School teacher has won global accolades for demystifying maths through his videos, known as WooTube, watched more than 11 million times by viewers worldwide.
Mr Woo is the only Australian named among the top 10 teachers of the world in the Global Teacher Prize, an international award run by the Varkey Foundation.
He was selected from more than 30,000 nominations from 173 countries in the prestigious competition, in which the ultimate winner will receive $US1 million.
Mr Woo’s latest gong comes just weeks after his award as Australian Local Hero and his Australia Day address in which he called for more recognition for teachers.
The inspiring government school teacher from Sydney’s northwest was congratulated today by Education Minister Rob Stokes who paid tribute to his “engaging and innovative approach that focuses on student needs in a challenging subject area”.
A Commonwealth Bank Teaching Award recipient, Mr Woo entered the Global Teacher Prize following a partnership struck between education charity Schools Plus and the Varkey Foundation.
He said: “To be frank when I entered the Global Teacher Prize at the encouragement of Schools Plus I just thought I would throw my hat in the ring.
“I wasn’t expecting anything to happen. When I have a look at some of the people who have been unearthed by the Global Teacher Prize their stories are so amazing.
Mr Woo will be flown to Dubai where the global winner will be announced at a red carpet gala event, the Global Education and Skills Forum, on March 18.
Woo-hoo! Eddie could scoop $1.2m education prize (news.com.au)