RECOGNITION: Department of Education and Training deputy director-general Patrea Walton and Mt Tarampa State School principal Di Pedersen presented veteran teacher Brett Wieland with a 25-year service award last week.
RECOGNITION: Department of Education and Training deputy director-general Patrea Walton and Mt Tarampa State School principal Di Pedersen presented veteran teacher Brett Wieland with a 25-year service award last week. Tom Threadingham

Long service gong for Mt Tarampa State School teacher

FOR more than two decades Brett Wieland has helped to shape the futures of Mt Tarampa State School students.

His dedicated service to the school and its students was honoured during the school leaders badge ceremony last week where he was presented with a 25- year service award.

Department of Education and Training deputy director-general Patrea Walton was on hand to present Mr Wieland the award alongside school principal Di Pedersen.

Mr Wieland started teaching at the school at the tender age of 19.

"I finished school and was just looking for something to do and this opportunity came along and I thought it would be a good stop-gap and it turned out to not be a stop-gap," Mr Wieland said.

Along with teaching maths and LOTE, Mr Wieland has grown to be the school's techno whiz, teaching technology and robotics.

"I never initially taught computer studies," he said.

"I was just someone who had an interest in it and over time you just become more interested."

Outside of the Mt Tarampa classroom Mr Wieland also maintains the school's grounds and even assists Fernvale State School through IT Support.

Mr Wieland said he had plenty of treasured memories throughout his career so far, and looked forward to creating many more.

"Knowing these kids are fairly self-sufficient because of what they have learnt from me, that's good," he said.

"I'm proud they go out of here knowing something."



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