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Meet the 2018 Teaching Fellows

Schools Plus is thrilled to announce the 12 recipients of the 2018 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards.

The Awards were presented at a ceremony in Sydney on 23 March, attended by guests from the education, business and philanthropy sectors including Federal Education Minister Senator Simon Birmingham and David Gonski AC.

The 2018 Teaching Fellows are:

  • Ann Caro – Lithgow High School, NSW
  • Greg McMahon – Doveton College, VIC
  • Janeen Silcock – Ballina Coast High School, NSW
  • John Cleary – Casuarina Street Primary School, NT
  • John Goh – Merrylands East Public School, NSW
  • Kerry White – Holy Family Catholic School, SA
  • Matthew Eyles – Hobart College, TAS
  • Paul Kenna – Belle Vue Park Primary School, VIC
  • Peter Gurrier-Jones – The Hills School, NSW
  • Stacey Quince – Campbelltown Performing Arts High School, NSW
  • Steve Harrison – Huonville High School, TAS
  • Yasodai Selvakumaran – Rooty Hill High School, NSW

CBA TA18 Fellows 001_largeThe 12 new Teaching Fellows – from South Australia, Victoria, NSW, Tasmania and the Northern Territory – were selected from more than 400 educators from throughout the country.

They include a teacher who moved from London to work in Arnhem Land and now leads a school in Katherine, a teacher who set up a simulated hospital in a Tasmanian classroom to give his students the skills for health sector jobs, and a principal designing an innovative ‘no halls, no walls’ school in northern NSW.

The Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards are co-presented by the Commonwealth Bank and Schools Plus. This is the second year of the Awards, which were created to recognise and reward great teachers and principals, especially those working in challenging and socially diverse communities

Schools Plus CEO Rosemary Conn said the 12 new Teaching Fellows were changing the lives of thousands of Australian students through their creative and inspiring approaches to education.

“These extraordinary educators work in schools in vastly different communities but they share one view – that every child, no matter their background, has the ability to succeed,” Ms Conn said.

“By putting a spotlight on the incredible achievements of the Fellows, we hope their work will also inspire and influence teachers in classrooms right across Australia.”

The Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards is Australia’s largest award of its kind for educators, with each Fellow receiving a prize valued at $45,000 to assist with their professional development, roll out a new education project in their school, and take part in an overseas study tour to a high-performing education system.  

Through a partnership between Schools Plus and the Varkey Foundation, the Teaching Fellows are also invited to apply for the Global Teacher Prize, which is valued at $US1 million. Three of the 2017 Teaching Award recipients were shortlisted in the Top 50 for the 2018 Global Teacher Prize.

By sharing their inspirational stories and celebrating their achievements, the Fellowship aims to inspire other teachers and promote excellent teaching practice across Australia.

To learn more about these inspiring individuals visit www.teachingawards.com.au

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