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Student teacher Daniel Coppleman.

A FORMER New Norfolk High School student is well on the way to completing a Masters Degree in Education only six years after completing Grade 10.

Daniel Coppleman has completed placements at Westerway Primary School in Terms 2 and 3 this year to gain professional experience in pre-service teaching towards his Masters of Teaching degree.

He spent last week working alongside another home-grown educator, Leigh Nichols, with his Grade 4/5/6 class. Writing in the school newsletter, acting principal Nick Dodd said the students were happy to see Daniel again.

The talented footballer and cricketer completed his time at New Norfolk High School at the end of 2013, and in January 2014 was named the Derwent Valley’s Young Citizen of the Year in recognition of his school and community service. He was secretary of the NNHS Prefect Board in 2013, as well as being a peer support leader and a student ambassador for the Beacon Foundation.

Daniel plays in New Norfolk’s senior football team and as well as state league football with Glenorchy, where in 2014 he won the club’s Ian Carter Memorial Trophy for Best First Year Player in the seniors. Last year he was runner-up in the Glenorchy reserves best and fairest. He also plays cricket for Molesworth and took home a number of trophies last season, including the Danny Godfrey best player award.

Daniel has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tasmania and during his practical experience at Westerway Primary School he demonstrated a great rapport with the students and was said to have a fantastic energy for learning and achieving success as a teacher.

If you know of a successful former student of our local schools, drop us a line. 

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