CHERRYBROOK Technology High teacher Eddie Woo is NSW’s Local Hero in the NSW Australian of the Year awards.
Arguably Australia’s most famous mathematics teacher, Mr Woo is known for his YouTube channel ‘Wootube’.
Mr Woo started posting videos online in 2012 for a student who was sick with cancer and missing a lot of school.
Wootube now has more than 80,000 subscribers and has attracted more than six million views worldwide and counting.
With infectious enthusiasm, the father-of-three's unique and caring approach to teaching destigmatises mathematics as an inaccessible and difficult subject.
Outside his high school classroom, Mr Woo is a volunteer facilitator with the University of Sydney's Widening Participation and Outreach program and has motivated more than 1400 students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
A brilliant student, Mr Woo could have chosen any field, but in defiance of social convention and his parents, opted for teaching.
Today, he is using his vocation to “pay it forward” and make education equitable for all.