Five educators from NSW public schools have been awarded a prestigious Teaching Fellowship at the Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards.
The new awards celebrate inspiring educators and shine a spotlight on evidence-based teaching and school leadership practices that make a real difference to student learning outcomes.
Mark Scott, Secretary of the NSW Department of Education, congratulated the recipients on the awards.
"The teaching awards highlight some of the outstanding teaching and leadership in our schools," he said.
"This fellowship provides a great opportunity for our educators and their schools to further develop their inspiring approaches and make a difference in the lives of their students."
Twelve Australian educators were awarded the inaugural Teaching Fellowship, which is valued at $45,000 and includes $10,000 for professional development and $30,000 to develop a strategic project at the school to help improve student achievement and wellbeing.
The award includes an overseas group visit for the 12 Fellows to Singapore's high performing education system.
The 2017 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Award recipients in NSW are:
- Chad Bliss, former principal, Canobolas Rural Technology High School, now Principal, School Leadership
- Shanti Clements, principal, Beauty Point Public School
- Lesley Mills, principal, Tabulam Public School
- Belinda Wall, principal, Woonona High School
- Eddie Woo, mathematics head teacher, Cherrybrook Technology High School
The Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards were announced at a ceremony on Friday, 24 March, at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney.
The recipients were selected by a panel comprised of some of Australia's most respected business and education leaders.
The Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards are offered to teachers and school leaders in all Australian schools through a partnership between the Commonwealth Bank and Australian Schools Plus.