TEACHER Ben Eggins of South Penrith’s York Public School has beaten 1500 other teachers across greater Sydney to become 2UE’s Sydney’s Favourite Teacher of the year.
He was chosen from an outstanding group of finalists from across Sydney, including public schools at Yowie Bay, Rouse Hill, Cambridge Gardens, Alfords Point, Robert Townson at Raby, Inaburra High School at Bangor, Freeman Catholic College at Bonnyrigg Heights, Galston High School and Broderick Gillawarna Special School at Revesby.
The year 6 teacher was unaware he had won the prize, until he entered a special assembly at the school last Friday.
‘‘This is the craziest thing that’s ever happened to me,’’ Mr Eggins said.
The children cheered him to the echo.
2UE presenter Jason Morrison congratulated Mr Eggins and said it was obvious that he was popular among the school pupils.
He presented the teacher with a trophy and a $10,000 prize.
Mr Eggins thanked all those who had voted for him, but said it was not really about him.
‘‘This is about the teachers all over Australia and all over the world,’’ he said.
‘‘I really don’t think I deserved it; I’m just doing what I love to do; I do my job as everyone else does.
‘‘I’m so pleased to be at York Public School.
‘‘I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for all the teachers at this school who support me.’’
Morrison told the assembly he was glad that out of all the schools nominated, 2UE was able to choose York Public School.
He also presented a $4000 cheque for the school to its principal David Pettitt.
‘‘This is about quality teachers and quality teaching,’’ Mr Pettitt said.
The children also cheered the Channel 7 and Channel 9 film crews invited to the event.
Morrison reminded them to look out for themselves on television.