LUCINDALE Area School teacher, artist and community worker JoJo Spook has been recognised as one of the most inspirational teachers in the State.
After being nominated by the Lucindale community several months ago in the Australian Scholarships Group National Excellence in Teaching Awards, she was short listed before hearing the exciting news on October 25.
The application for the "National Education Inspirational Teacher Award" was extensive and Ms Spook was required to write criteria addressing a number of key points such as strategic teaching methods, different techniques used and youth engagement.
She will now progress as a finalist in the national award ceremony which will take place in Melbourne early next year.
During her years as a teacher at Lucindale Area School she has introduced innovative and engaging programs in the areas of art, well being, home economics and technical studies.
With a repertoire of skills obtained throughout her career as a nationally recognised professional artist, she has been able to introduce and pass tips and techniques on to her students and the newly developed Lucindale youth group.
Significant projects in which Ms Spook has mentored students have included the skate park revamp, painting the water tanks and constructing sculptures from local vineyard cuttings.
She is always eager for new ideas and skills and is a consistent attendee at many different workshops and professional development opportunities.
These assist her in making sure that the school, which is in a remote area, is able to have new experiences and an innovative curriculum.
Principal Adrian Maywald said Ms Spook was an exceptionally dynamic character.
"She has gone above and beyond all year," he said. "You only have to look at all the things she has done.'
Ms Spook thanked the community for all the support over the seven years she had been at Lucindale assisting her at the school, as an artist and through grants and community outcomes.