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Western Cape Teacher Selected As Finalist For Prestigious 2023 Global Teacher Prize

A Western Cape teacher has been selected as a Top 10 finalist for the prestigious 2023 Global Teacher Prize.

Dr Mariëtte Wheeler is a Life Sciences teacher at Protea Heights Academy in Brackenfell.

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) said Wheeler’s dedication to education and to making a difference in the lives of her learners had earned her this well-deserved recognition.

In 2021, she won the Department of Basic Education’s Best Teacher Award.

Wheeler said she was teaching a class when she received this week’s news.

“The smiles and all the applause from them just warmed my heart further. It is an honour that I will be representing Protea Heights Academy, the Western Cape Education Department, and South Africa at the awards ceremony on the 8th of November in Paris.

“Teachers matter and teachers do so much for the youth of our country, not just in igniting curiosity but also in being there for our learners.”

The finalists were selected from over 7,000 nominations and applications from 130 countries around the world.

Education MEC David Maynier has congratulated Wheeler on her achievement.