Top teachers recognised in Victoria and WA

By Shannon Jenkins

July 24, 2019

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Frontline workers in the education sector have been acknowledged in two states this week.

In Victoria, 408 teachers and staff from the Department of Education and Training have been recognised for reaching 40, 45, 50 or 55 years of service.

Minister for Education James Merlino congratulated the teachers, principals, school administrative and department staff for their milestones at a ceremony held at Melbourne’s Grand Hyatt.

“Everyone remembers an inspiring teacher, educator or principal who inspired passions or offered support to reach their full potential,” he said.

“These award recipients have dedicated their careers to public education, helping thousands of students and multiple generations of Victorians, over many decades.”

Among those recognised for 50 years of service were:

  • Allan Robinson, principal at Montmorency Secondary College, who has achieved 50 years of service. Robinson established a basketball club that saw many students compete at state level championships.
  • Maureen Spencer-Gardner, sporting careers counsellor at the Maribyrnong Sports Academy. She has taught at four Victorian public secondary schools over five decades, working with students who have since gone on to be Olympians.
  • Adele Meren, a teacher-librarian at Elwood Primary School.

The recipients have devoted more than 17,000 combined years to teaching, supporting young people through learning and educational opportunities.

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Meanwhile, the 2019 finalists for WA’s Education Awards have been announced.

The awards acknowledge the pivotal role educators play in shaping the lives of children in public schools, while recognising their dedication.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said she is proud to celebrate the people who “continue to inspire students to succeed”.

“The awards are a fantastic way to thank our educators for the knowledge, dedication and the endless opportunities they create for young people in our state,” she said.

 Finalists include 32 individuals and 12 schools, across 11 categories.

Winners will be announced 28 October and will share prize money totalling $337,500, with a portion to be spent on professional development.

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