THIRD PLACE: Sue Murphy from Kingaroy Kindergarten took out third place in our online competition for South Burnett's Best Kindy Teacher.
THIRD PLACE: Sue Murphy from Kingaroy Kindergarten took out third place in our online competition for South Burnett's Best Kindy Teacher.

Kindy teacher with 30 years experience takes third place

WHEN Sue Murphy found out she had come in third place for the South Burnett’s Best Kindy Teacher voting competition, she was blown away.

“I couldn’t believe it,” she said.

“I just felt so humbled.

“It’s really validating and means a lot to me to know how much the parents appreciate me and what I do.”

Mrs Murphy has worked as a Kindergarten Teacher for the past two years at Kingaroy Kindegarten, and has worked as an early years teacher in the South Burnett for the past 30 years.

“This is a beautiful environment to work in and I just love it,” Mrs Murphy said.

“At Kindy it’s the kids first experience often with leaving their mums, dads, or family.

“Most of the kids I look after here are aged between three and five years. An age where they are so curious and just wanting to learn about the world.”

Mrs Murphy said early learning has always been her passion.

“Honestly what’s not to love about this job,” she said.

“Who gets to come to work and play in the mud pit and the sand pits and just have fun with a bunch of five year olds.

“I really love the kids and I love that they’re so enthusiastic. It’s really so infectious.”

Despite being the teacher, Mrs Murphy said oftentimes it’s the kids who guide the learning in her classroom.

“They teach you more than you can teach them sometimes,” she said.

“They just have such a love for learning and they want to know about the world around them and about each other.

“The parents here are also really involved and it’s a really lovely community environment to work in.

“It really just doesn’t feel like work. I don’t think I’ve ever not wanted to come into work. I look forward to it everyday.”

Helen Hall has worked with Sue for the past two years at the Kingaroy Kindegarten, and the two have been friends for many years.

“Working with Sue is fantastic,” she said.

“I’ve actually known her for a very long time and it’s a privilege to work with her and to know her.

“She has great ideas, she’s always on the ball, and she’s just unbelievably good at her job.

“I really appreciate all that she does and how she goes above and beyond in her job. All of the parents and kids love her too.

“She’s just amazing.”