Michelle Scheu's music leads to Excellence in Teaching Award
WE all have a childhood teacher we will never forget.
For hundreds of kids from Chevallum State School that teacher is Michelle Scheu.
"Each day you influence a life, and knowing you're making the world a better place to live in for these children is a lovely journey," she said.
"I feel teaching is my God-given gift. It's my creative expression."
Ms Scheu has been teaching for 27 years, with 22 of them spent at Chevallum State School.
The Buderim woman received a National Excellence in Teaching Award yesterday for leadership and development.
"All teachers do a fabulous job," she said.
"It's a job where you need to put a lot of effort in.
"But it's lovely to have someone say 'good job'."
The 47-year-old was nominated by the school's parents for her teaching methods, which have a strong focus on play-based learning.
Her teaching incorporates activities like drama, guitar-playing and even rapping in the school curriculum for kids in Prep and Year 1.
"Instead of saying 'Everyone stop and look at me', I just start singing a song and they start singing along too," she said.
"Music is a really big part of their learning."
Ms Scheu's contributions to the school have made it so popular that many parents travel from across the Sunshine Coast to attend.
"Parents come when their kids are babies and put them on a waiting list," she said.