Award-winning NSW math teacher Eddie Woo has been appointed a NSW ‘super teacher’ in a role which will see him train other educators to engage and inspire students across the state.
Woo, who was the 2018 Australia’s Local Hero in the Australian of the Year Awards, was recently named one of the top 10 teachers in the world in the Varkey Foundation’s Global Teacher Prize.
Woo has more than a decade’s experience working as a high school maths teacher, helping struggling students across Australia and around the world to develop confidence and competence in maths
His meteoric rise to online fame began when he filmed and uploaded a classroom lesson to a student who was too ill to attend school. Since then, Woo has built a global profile with his Wootube video channel, amassing more than 100,000 subscribers and upwards of nine million views.
Last week, Woo claimed another accolade by accepting his new position as a ‘roving instructor’ – a role that allows him to continue in the classroom while also travelling the state to train teachers.
“We are so lucky to have one of the world’s best teachers right here in the NSW public schools system and now we would like to see Eddie’s magic rubbing off on our educators across the State,” NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, said.
In addition to teaching students and teachers, Woo will conduct workshops and professional development sessions.
Education Minister Rob Stokes said Woo’s “infectious excitement” for mathematics and how it is applied in the modern world is “the type of resource that money simply cannot buy”.
“Mr Woo’s expertise, knowledge and love of learning is something that cannot be taught in a textbook alone,” Stokes said.
“I hope his new role will allow teachers and students across the State to share innovations and build on their passion for education.”