Kalianna School teacher and former BSSC student, Britt Holmberg, has been named the state’s best primary school teacher at the Principals’ Association of Special Schools awards.

Britt has been teaching at Kalianna for six years.

As well as her work in the classroom, she was recognised for her efforts with regional program Autism Connect and the Aspiring Leaders Program.

She is also studying to complete her masters in special education.

“It’s just nice to be acknowledged for the hard work and it is a nice way to celebrate the other good things the school has done,” Britt says.

She decided on education in year 10 and has always been drawn to working with challenging behaviour.

“It just happened naturally after I did a casual day six years ago. I’ve been here ever since,” Britt says. “I really like the challenging environment. It’s constantly evolving and there’s a focus on life skills and independence.”

The focus on every day skills as well as academia is important to Britt.

“Kalianna encompasses everything about the students,” she said.

“You get to know them so much better and are much more involved in their overall development.

“It’s not just academic side. It’s working with students’ behaviours, their families and their life and social skills. You definitely have a greater impact (on their lives).”

(Picture: Chris Pedler, Bendigo Advertiser)