Adrian Casten

Burnside State High School QLD

Gubbi Gubbi Country

With a background as a mechanical engineer, Adrian has given his Burnside State High School students a flying start in STEM by establishing unique courses in aviation and using drones.

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Trent Cowley

Kingston State School QLD

Gugingin and Yugambeh Speaking Country

When Trent became Principal of Kingston State School two years ago, the school had been identified as a Priority Support Review school characterised by extreme disadvantage, trauma, homelessness, poverty and unemployment.

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Jenna Cullen

Marsden State High School QLD

Yuggera Country

Jenna has been instrumental in shaping Australia’s next generation of teachers as Head of Teaching and Learning, Staff Development, and Performance at Australia’s largest high school – Marsden State High School.

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Daniel Edwards

Montello Primary School TAS

Tommeginni Country

Transitioning from a general classroom teacher to become a STEM Specialist Teacher, Daniel has led a transformation in science and STEM education for students at Montello Primary School in Burnie.

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Toni Hatten-Roberts

Mastery Schools Australia QLD

Bundjalung Country

When Toni saw a lack of educational opportunities for students struggling in mainstream schools, she set out to fix it by founding a new, independent, special assistance school where, as Director of Teaching and Learning, she could structure the school’s entire learning agenda.

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Michael Hornby

Mabel Park State High School QLD

Yuggera Country

Over the last seven years as Principal of Mabel Park State High School in Logan, Michael has transformed the school’s learning environment through a series of innovative interventions focused on supporting student wellbeing and engagement.

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Brendan Kenna

Wilmot Road Primary School VIC

Ngurraiillam Country

As Deputy Principal at his regional Victorian school, Brendan has combined his passion for neuroscience and the impact of trauma on learning to create a unique culture of support for the students at Wilmot Road Primary School.

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Peter Langham

Monterey Secondary College VIC

Boonwurrung Country

When Peter was appointed Acting Principal of Monterey Secondary College in 2019 – the school’s third leader that year – he was confronted with extremely low staff morale, high turnover, declining enrolments, poor student achievement, and children disengaged from learning.

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Fransina Norval

Tennant Creek High School NT

Warumungu Country

As Senior Teacher – Inclusion at Tennant Creek High School, Fransina has combined culturally informed practices with her wealth of experience teaching in special education across three continents, to revolutionise her school’s support for students with complex needs.

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Ian Preston

Murrumbidgee Regional High School NSW

Wiradjuri Country

During his time as Deputy Principal at Murrumbidgee Regional High School, Ian has championed STEM education and established himself as a leading teacher in this field across NSW, Australia and internationally.

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Stephanie Salazar

John Purchase Public School NSW

Kur-ing-gai Country

Stephanie is the Assistant Principal and Instructional Coach at John Purchase Public School in north-western Sydney, where her expertise creating a network of teachers focused on professional development has transformed her school’s teaching and student learning.

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Shane Wilson

Marble Bar Primary School WA

Nyamal Country

As Principal of the small, remote Marble Bar Primary School, located about 200km from Port Hedland, Shane has transformed the school into a state leader in culturally responsive STEM education.

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