Educators of the Year Award Winners
2013 Joint Winners
Chris Betcher, Christine Haynes Joint ACCE Educator of the Year
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, 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.
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.