A STUDENT sent to the principal's office at Victoria Point State High turned a bad experience into a positive one by nominating his favourite teacher, Bryn Devaney, for a Bayside Bulletin My Favourite Teacher Award.
Mr Devaney said he heard from one of his Year 11 students that when he was sent to the office, he saw the My Favourite Teacher advertisement on display.
"Apparently while he was waiting to be seen, he saw the poster and nominated me. I didn't think I'd win something like this," he said.
Mr Devaney was a joint winner of the Bayside Bulletin My Favourite Teacher Award, which was run in conjunction with Education Queensland's Education Week activities in May.
Cleveland District State High School maths teacher Brian Allan was joint winner of the award.
"I've never won an award like this. It was a surprise to win because at first I had no idea I was nominated," Mr Devaney said.
"I teach maths, science and technology and design, which is manual arts. My students are in Years 8 to 12, so I teach a few."
Mr Devaney said he had been a teacher for 10 years, and had spent most of those at Victoria Point High.
"It's great to be working at this school; all the staff are just great. It really is a wonderful school and I'm glad I won the award here," he said.
"I've taught at a few schools here and there, and I spent about five years working with indigenous students in remote communities. I came back and forth from there to Victoria Point High.
"I taught just outside Ingham and at the Tablelands. I'm really grateful for that experience it certainly taught me a lot."
Mr Devaney said he enjoyed teaching his students and hoped he would be nominated again.
"That would be nice, but I'll wait and see. But teaching is a good job. It certainly has its moments."
Mr Devaney and Mr Allen will each receive a certificate and passes to Movie World, Sea World or Wet'n'Wild as part of their prizes.