Award-winning math teacher Eddie Woo has been appointed a NSW super teacher in a role which will see him train other educators to engage and inspire students across NSW. Mr Woo, whose YouTube videos have received more than 10 million views, accepted the new position as a roving instructor, allowing him to continue in the classroom, while also travelling the State to teach our teachers.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian congratulated Mr Woo on his official appointment as Leader of Innovation for Maths Teaching. “We are so lucky to have one of the world’s best teachers right here in the NSW public schools system and now we would like to see Eddie’s magic rubbing off on our educators across the State,” Ms Berejiklian said.
Mr Woo will now teach both students and his fellow teachers in schools, as well as conduct workshops and professional development sessions. With more than a decade’s experience working as a high school maths teacher, Eddie’s rise to internet stardom began when he filmed and uploaded a classroom lesson to share with a student too ill to attend school. Since then, he has built a global profile with his Wootube video channel, amassing more than 200,000 subscribers, while helping struggling students across Australia and around the world to develop confidence and competence in maths.
Mr Woo, the 2018 Australia’s Local Hero in the Australian of the Year Awards, was recently named one of the top 10 teachers in the world in the Varkey Foundation’s Global Teacher Prize. Education Minister Rob Stokes says Mr Woo’s infectious excitement for mathematics and how it is applied in the modern world is the type of resource that money simply cannot buy.
“Mr Woo’s expertise, knowledge and love of learning is something that cannot be taught in a textbook alone,” Mr Stokes said. “I hope his new role will allow teachers and students across the State to share innovations and build on their passion for education.”