Being able to inspire others is a gift. Some people work hard to master it, while for others it comes effortlessly. There’s no denying that for Jade Warrington, a WA Premier’s Secondary Teacher of the Year finalist in the WA Education Awards, it is the latter.
When you sit down with Miss Warrington, it doesn’t take long to realise how her wise words can have a profound impact on students.
We asked the popular teacher at Newton Moore Senior High School how she got to where she is today, and we were left with many nuggets of wisdom that we can carry into our daily lives.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
My grandad used to say “work now, play later”. It has always served as a reminder to me that small sacrifices and patience can help you achieve long terms goals – and that doing something right the first time can save you a lot of time and effort in the future. Also, you’re more likely to reap the rewards of your efforts sooner than planned.
If you were limited to one person to get life advice from, who would you choose and why?
I couldn’t limit it to one person! I believe everyone has a different set of life experiences and perspectives that can be insightful, helpful and surprising.
Sometimes someone will give you advice that reinforces what you are thinking and feeling, and other times you may get an answer to a question or a piece of advice that really challenges what you think. It can force you to re-evaluate your point of view on something, step outside your comfort zone and lead to opportunities which allow you to better yourself.
What is the most important lesson you have learnt in life?
You can achieve most things you set out to do if you are willing to make sacrifices (if needed) and you persist. Whenever you have a setback, reflect on what’s happened and use whatever you learn from that experience to keep moving forward.
Other than coursework, what is one thing you want your students to remember about your classes?
Learning is fun and doesn’t just happen in the classroom. If you’re open-minded and willing to learn and try things, it will take you a long way in life.