A primary school teacher passionate about raising literacy standards, a school supporting and promoting Koorie culture and a principal who has advocated for strong student voice and leadership are among the finalists acknowledged by the Andrews Labor Government in this year’s Victorian Education Excellence Awards.
Acting Minister for Education Gayle Tierney congratulated the 35 finalists across 12 award categories. The awards recognise inspirational teachers, principals, business managers and education support staff.
Among the finalists:
- Jane Donaldson, Westmeadows Primary School principal who has been an unwavering champion for student voice
- Lara Secondary College: has introduced a range of programs and initiatives to promote Koorie culture, inclusion and achievement, including events such as NAIDOC week and an Indigenous Literacy Day
- Camperdown College teacher Jacinta Tolland who worked tirelessly to improve literacy in her school
All winners are awarded professional development grants of up to $25,000 to support their work in schools.
The Labor Government is building the Education State where every student can access a great local school and get a great education, which involves having great teachers at the forefront of our classrooms to help kids thrive.
That’s why the Victorian Education Excellence Award winners will receive grants to undertake professional development and learning, to ensure our teachers are well supported to lead great careers in the Education State.
Winners will be announced at a ceremony to coincide with Australia’s celebration of World Teachers’ Day on 25 October. The Lindsay Thompson Award for Excellence in Education will also be awarded on the night.
More information about the awards and finalists is available at www.education.vic.gov.au/veea
Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Education Gayle Tierney
“The Victorian Education Excellence Awards are the state’s most prestigious celebration of the outstanding education professionals who go that extra mile to help young Victorians thrive at school.”
“Our teachers, principals and education professionals do a crucial job in educating our young people. These awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise Victorians who dedicate their careers to education.”