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Western Sydney teacher named in the world’s top 10

Rooty Hill High School Humanities teacher Yasodai Selvakumaran has been named as one of the top 10 teachers in the world in the Global Teacher Prize.

Yasodai Selvakumaran and her students

On top of the world: Rooty Hill High School's Yasodai Selvakumaran is among the world's top 10 teachers.

Yasodai Selvakumaran, who teaches history, society and culture and geography at Rooty Hill High School in Western Sydney, has been named in the top 10 teachers in the world, taking her a step closer to the $US1 million Global Teacher Prize.

The prize is in its fifth year and the largest of its kind, attracting more than 10,000 nominations from 179 countries, ‘Ms Selva’ – as she is known to her students – being the only Australian in this year’s top 10.

Ms Selvakumaran entered following a partnership between the education charity Schools Plus, which co-presents the Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards, one of which Ms Selvakumaran received last year, and the Varkey Foundation, which runs the Global Teacher Prize.

Ms Selvakumaran was recognised in the Commonwealth Bank awards for her expertise in mentoring and collaborating for innovation.

“It is an honour to represent Australia at the Global Teacher Prize and follow a consistent record of Australians in the top 50 and top 10,” she said.

“I’m so proud to follow in this tradition and especially to represent Rooty Hill High School and public education.”

Next month Ms Selvakumaran will travel to Dubai to attend the Global Education and Skills Forum, at which the Global Teacher Prize will be awarded on March 24.

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