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Educational / Leader(s) of the Year 2012

Co-Leader of the Year 2012

Lynley McKernan has provided exceptional leadership in educational computing at a local, State and national level. Lynley is recognized within Western Australia for her outstanding leadership because of her tireless, dedicated and highly collaborative work in supporting teachers of computing and of those using information and computing technologies to facilitate learning. Her commitment is clearly evident through her long and significant contribution to and the management of Educational Computing Association of Western Australia (ECAWA) as a committee member, Conference Convenor, President and Secretary.
She is well-known for her dedication to supporting teachers of Computing and teachers integrating ICT's and Learning Technologies into their practice, within her school, the Catholic education system and across Western Australia, however her contribution to ECAWA, The Educational Computing Association of Western Australia, is without comparison.

Teachers, school leaders, whole schools, education sectors and curriculum developers have benefited from Lynley's dedication to promoting and supporting the use of ICT in education. Through her involvement with ECAWA teachers have been encouraged and mentored in the development and implementation of courses and resources. Many teachers have participated in and gained from her workshops and conference presentations. ECAWA members have benefited from her management, organizational and facilitation skills and from professional development opportunities supported and motivated by her ability to manage the diversity of tasks as well as lead by example.

Lynley is highly respected educator, both locally and globally, and has those exemplary characteristics of a leader which provide inspiration to all.

Educator of the Year 2012

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.

Co-Leader of the Year 2012

Adrian Camm is an educator, speaker and presenter who is passionate about providing students and teachers with engaging and authentic learning experiences. His main interests lie in gaming, cryptography, physics and mathematics, and he believes that all students are capable of achieving success in these areas. Adrian regularly advises on educational reform, 1:1 programs, technology integration, personalisation and project-based learning. He has worked in a variety of roles, including work with the Innovations & Next Practice Division of DEECD.

His pioneering use of current and emerging technologies is impacting positively on student engagement and learning outcomes across Victoria and beyond. In 2010, Adrian received the Mecu Outstanding Secondary Teacher Award at the Victorian Education Excellence Awards, as well as two awards at the 2009 Australian Awards for Teaching Excellences: Best National Achievement, The Minister's Award for Excellence in ICT and Highly Commended Excellence by a Teacher.

Adrian extensively promotes, supports and advocates the use of ICT in education. He has written articles for Educational Technology Solutions, ICTEV and VITTA, is a prolific speaker at both national and international conferences, and is currently involved in research investigating new and best practices in online education for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics students and the professional development of teachers.

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