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Educator of the Year Award Winners
2017 Eleni Kyritsis
Eleni is an enthusiastic and passionate educator who is currently teaching Year 6 who provides students with engaging and effective opportunities to learn through the authentic incorporation of technology in her classroom.
She was nominated for this award by Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria whose president, Mel Cashen commented:
“Eleni’s belief in the need to create a flexible and connected classroom is lived daily through the use of her personal blog, her Year 6 class blog, Twitter, Google Hangouts and Skype. In addition, she is an active advocate for the use of technology both within her school, and in the global community. She is constantly exploring new ideas that will assist teachers to integrate technology across all facets of the curriculum and to enable their students to share their learning locally and internationally.“
Eleni also leads professional learning days for schools across Victoria, Australia and New Zealand. She has taken on the role of mentor for the Google Certified Innovator program, inspiring and coaching her mentee to develop a project to impact positive change within education, and works at Australian Catholic University as a Tutor to empower pre-service teachers to be active, globally connected teachers when graduated.
“Eleni has presented at a broad variety of conferences as well as presenting and supporting teachers in various schools through both professional learning sessions and her regular planning, organisation and presentations on her monthly TeachTechPlay webshow.” said Martin Levins, President of ACCE, “She regularly writes articles for the Australian Council for Educational Leadership, Education Today, and other technology magazines around Australia.”
The award of Educator of the Year carries a $2 000 prize, kindly sponsored by the Australian Computer Society is to be used to further the awardee’s professional learning.
2016 Bruce Fuda ACT
Bruce Fuda is Director of the IT, Commerce and Design Faculty at Gungahlin College in the ACT.
Through his role as President of the local computing association, InTEACT, Bruce has driven and defined mutually beneficial partnerships with bodies such as the Australian Computing Society (ACS), Digital Careers, Women in Information and Communication and CSIRO. These partnerships have seen the engagement of various ACT schools in the IT Professionals in Schools program (with CSIRO), coding club establishment and support (with the ACS), and award scholarship nominations such as WICKed Young Women of the Year.
His students recently collaborated on a project to launch a high altitude balloon to measure and transmit atmospheric data for analysis on the ground. Bruce brokered a partnership with CSIRO and Intel to offer a deep and authentic learning experience resulting in a student understanding of the interdependence of technical, scientific, mathematical and engineering concepts.
When asked to define his philosophy, Bruce responded:
“Developing relevant, dynamic curriculum that engages students and challenges them to explore their own potential… means thinking beyond explicit subject / discipline boundaries and taking a more holistic approach”.
Beyond the school setting, Bruce has organized Canberra CS4HS events 2012 to 2015, successfully applying annually for grant funding of $15 000 from Google. This has brought opportunities for teachers in all schooling sectors across the Government, Catholic and Independent systems.
Bruce was instrumental in the planning of the inaugural ACT Google Summit in 2015, attracting over 200 educators. The Summit supported take-up in schools and prompted a vibrant network of teachers continually challenging / enhancing the possibilities of the Google platform.
Bruce’s solid reputation led to his role on the ACARA Advisory Group for the Australian Curriculum: Technologies. In this capacity, he advised writers on the appropriateness of all curriculum content relating to Technologies including band level and content descriptions and achievements standards. Further, he had input to the IT general capability section and to the writing of final revisions of the glossary and curriculum.
He ensures his own currency, as a delegate at events such as ACSA Symposium and Google Teacher Academy (Sydney) as well as by further study including Assessment of C21st Skills at University of Melbourne, Algorithmic Thinking at Rice University and Designing a New Learning Environment at Stanford University.
Bruce’s work in developing a modern and agile learning space at his current school, taking advantage of contemporary technology and compliant with Directorate policies, has been identified by Information and Knowledge Services (IKS) as an exemplar for duplication elsewhere. He is currently working with IKS to trial technology solutions that become the supported standard for all Directorate schools in the future.
2015 Leigh Howser Queensland
Leigh Howser currently holds the position of eLearn Mentor at the Cairns School of Distance Education (CSDE). Her work reflects a passion for enhancing learning through the use of ICTs and she is proactive in designing and implementing programs that not only support teachers and students but also parents and home tutors. Leigh is regarded as a leader in the development, adoption and adaptation of ICTs in the school’s multiple learning environments and is the Chair of the school’s ICT Committee, the MIS Co-ordinator and VideoLinq Service Co-ordinator. Leigh provides leadership in the development and implementation of eLearning; creates and manages courses within the school’s Virtual Learning Environment; ensures that the ICT infrastructure of the school facilitates and supports eLearning; and provides advice to the school Leadership Team regarding policies, plans, priorities and targets related to eLearning.
Leigh’s passion for encouraging and inspiring students in the use of ICTs has led her to develop a number of programs which extend the opportunities provided for students in Far North Queensland. These programs have included Little Girls’ Day Out (full-day ICT workshops for girls in Years 3 to 6) and the Technology Boot Camps (three-day technology and leadership camps for students in Years 5 to 8). Leigh was acknowledged with a Smart Classrooms Regional Teacher Award for her work in these student programs. In 2011, Leigh was successful in obtaining PCAP funding for a program called TechnIT Outback which she planned and implemented. A group of teachers from CSDE embarked on a travelling roadshow to all schools between Mount Garnet and Karumba, presenting a full-day program in each centre for students in Years 1 to 7. Students experienced activities based around BeeBots, NXT robots, game-making and animation.
Leigh is an active member of the Far North Queensland Chapter of QSITE and has been a committee member since 2004. In 2012, Leigh accepted the position of Professional Development Co-ordinator for the FNQ Chapter and this role is one which sits nicely with Leigh’s passion for ensuring educators have access to quality professional development in the use of ICTs for teaching and learning.
2014 Kim Martin South Australia
Kim is currently employed as the Digital Learning Coordinator at Star of the Sea School, and Senior Assistive Technology Coordinator and Client Services Manager at CanDo4Kids.
In her Coordinator role at Star of the Sea School since 2011, Kim has supported student engagement through curriculum and pedagogical change with educational technology. In these three years, she has worked collaboratively with others to transform the learning landscape to include a 1:1 MacBook program in years 5-7; 1:2 iPad program in R-4 (moving to 1:1 in 2014/15); a green-screen film lab, flexible learning spaces in the middle school, and the integration of online learning management tools and sharing of resources via Edmodo, Scootle, Twitter and blogs. Kim’s role in facilitating pedagogical change has involved hosting regular parent and community technology sessions led by students and herself. One of the highlights of her work has been student participation in the Federal Government Youth Advisory Committee on Cyber Safety for the past two years where several students each year have been selected to attend and present at the annual summit.
In her role with CanDo4Kids, Kim works with families, students and colleagues statewide, helping them to develop inclusive learning environments with differentiated curriculum offerings and personalized learning opportunities with the assistance of technology. She has spoken at conferences about how to engage students with significant disabilities and worked with students with additional physical, intellectual and/or sensory impairments to enhance their learning opportunities through the use of robotics, stop animation, movie making, eBooks, gaming, music production and iPads.
2013 Joint Winners
Chris Betcher, Christine Haynes Joint ACCE Educator of the Year
Chris Betcher New South Wales
Chris is currently ICT Integrator at Presbyterian Ladies College, Sydney. He has taught in the public, Catholic and Independent school sectors across all year levels and internationally, and worked in a private educational consultancy. He has consistently evangelized the use of technology for deeper, more meaningful learning.
Chris promotes technology as a tool for learning, and helps other educators more aware of the enormous potential that ICT offers and how it can help improve learning and extend the nature of education.
He is an active member of ICTENSW and ISTE, and has led successful global collaborative projects, helped other teachers integrate ICT into mainstream subjects, taught children about programming and computational thinking, and adopted social tools to help learning. He is proud that many ex-students have pursued careers in the IT field after their experience in his school.
Chris has shared his expertise openly and freely through his own blog
http://chrisbetcher.com , involvement in national and international conferences, through his podcast network and a co-authored book.
Chris is also an Adobe Education Leader, Google Certified Teacher, and a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer.
Christine Haynes South Australia
Christine Haynes, ICT Coordinator at Immanuel Primary School and active CEGSA committee member, is an innovative teacher and learner who seeks to improve learning through the use of technology in strategic, creative and practical ways.
Christine has worked internationally in the ICT industry as well as in education. Evidence of the range of her talents includes numerous awards an project funding to use ICT to extend cultural and language links with Japan, a financial literacy resource, and involvement in cybersafety forums.
Christine aims to enhance and extend learning with and through technology, as “learning activator” working side by side with learners of all ages to inspire individuals and groups to gain confidence through supported experiences integrating technology into their personal and student learning programs.
As ICT Coordinator, Christine enables teachers of all year levels to transform learning using available technology by leading planning, implementation and reflection processes. She has transformed a culture of dependence and support to one of enablement and
Christine has contributed greatly to CEGSA, coordinating MasterClass presenters, Spotlight Sessions and workshops, presenting at regional and national conferences and is part of the ACEC 2014 Executive Organising Committee.
2012: Ann Mirtschin, Hawkesdale P12 College, Victoria
Anne Mirtshcin is an innovative teacher at Hawkesdale P-12 College a small rural school that is isolated culturally and geographically. She uses online tools and technology to create powerful learning opportunities for students. Anne is passionate about rural and global education, immersing technology into the classroom, eLearning and loves collaborating and learning online. She currently teaches IT and accounting, and is a web conference coach one day per week, with Victorian Education Department, co-organising and moderating two weekly webinars, Tech Talk Tuesdays and eT@lking. Anne has written the advanced blogging challenges for the global Kick Start Your Blog for Edublogs, has written Cool Tools for the Connected Classroom for Education Services Australia. She also frequently presents at local, national and international conferences both in person and virtually.
Anne is the ICT Coordinator and an Ultranet Lead User at Hawkesdale P-12 College. She has successfully implemented many innovative ICT programs within the school and across all year levels including the student / staff / school blogging program. She has introduced the online Ping music program which brings music to rural schools, global projects, DEECD Innovation & Next Practise projects including Digital Demons, Learning Safely Online and Virtual Worlds with Quest Atlantis, videoconferencing and the use of webinars and online learning with students throughout many year levels of the school.
Paul Fuller, Lansdale Primary School, West Australia
Ronald Gesthuizen, Westhall Secondary College, Victoria
Sue Urban, Wilderness School, South Australia
Robyn Floyd, Glen Iris Primary School
Robyn Floyd, Assistant Principal - Curriculum at Glen Iris Primary School is the recipient of the ACCE / ACS 2008 Educator of the Year Award. Robyn who was previously an Innovation and Excellence Educator for the Red Earth Cluster is passionate about engaging students in relevant learning, preparing them for their 21st century futures, using an innovative blend of traditional and e-technologies to maximize the learning agility of both students and teachers. Robyn has written a number of articles, books and modules for teachers and parents sharing her ideas.
Margaret Meijers, New Town High School
Margaret Meijers is a classroom teacher and Curriculum Coordinator for ICT at New Town High School. Margaret uses constructivist pedagogies to teach through game development and other new and emerging real world applications that bring learning to life for students. She believes in using technology to create powerful learning environments where ICT tools are used for collaboration, to enhance thinking skills, engage students and help those with special needs to learn. To deliver and support her teaching Margaret develops extensive web based resources and these are made available and used widely in classrooms around the world.
Christine Trimnell, Narre Warren North Primary School
Christine Trimnell has undertaken the dual role of ICT Teacher / School Coordinator as well as Teacher Librarian at Narre Warren North Primary School since 2000. Prior to taking up this position Christine worked in private schools; the Catholic Education Department as well as several other government schools. Christine could see an exicting way to move forward in education with computer technology and undertook a Graduate Diploma of Information Technology at Deakin, Burwood completing it in 1997.
2005: Western Australia
Trevor Galbraith, Sacred Heart College
Christine Benke, Barwon Valley School
Christine Benke is an LT2 Special Education Teacher, and is currently the Early Years Campus Cooordinator at Barwon Valley School, Geelong, Victoria. Chris also works as a classroom teacher with a group of seven young students with a range of disabilities including autism. Chris is a trained Early Years Literacy Coordinator, and has a strong interest in developing communication and literacy skills in non-verbal students, and in at risk students in the beginning literacy stages. Over the past five years Chris has used technology to support student learning, particularly in the areas of language acquisition and emerging literacy. Chris embeds technology into key curriculum areas by creating motivating and effective learning activities for students with special learning needs. She has been an advocate of using technology to develop a range of integrated elearning and print resources, specifically designed to address the learning needs of individual students. This philosophy is the basis of her CaBS Approach - Computer Aided Books for Students (originally called Talking Books). This includes the identification of specific learning objectives for each student within their Individual Education Plans, the Program Support Group format, and the Victorian and BVS School Curriculum documents. A range of resources is then developed, including enlarged texts, books and learning centre activities supported by multimedia programs developed on MS PowerPoint. The multimedia programs and resources incorporate digital photos of the students and their environment, which makes the learning activities personal, motivating, and highly relevant to each individual student. programs are further individualised by incorporating the various communication systems used by different students, including written text, symbol systems and signs.
Nicola House, Kuranda State School
2002: Western Australia
Harry Clements-Shepherd, Christian Brothers College Fremantle
2001: South Australia
Kerrie Smith, Charles Campbell Secondary School
2001: Western Australia
Ray Cilia, Cable Beach Primary School
2000: Western Australia
Jim Fuller, Mandurah Senior High School
Jeremy Connel, Brisbane Boys Grammar School
1998: Western Australia
Mike Leishman, Newman College
1997: New South Wales
Cheryl Walters, Menai Public School
Peter Whitehouse, St Joseph's College Gregory Terrace
Eleanor Igoe, Oyster Bay Primary School
David Perry, Somerset College
1994: New South Wales
Bob Pike, Cleveland Senior High School