Top educators receive prestigious scholarships

Some of the State's best teachers will investigate areas of passion after being awarded a Premier's Teacher Scholarship.

Image: In real life: Premier Dominic Perrottet, Education Minister Sarah Mitchell, NSW Education Department Secretary Georgina Harrisson at the award ceremony with winners and sponsors.

Fourteen of the State’s best teachers have been recognised with the prestigious Premier’s Teacher Scholarship for their commitment to quality education.

After a two-year pause due to COVID-19, the Premier’s Teacher Scholarship program returned, recognising NSW teachers from government and non-government schools and preschools, and teachers at TAFE NSW Institutes.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said the scholarships provided recipients with up to $15,000 to support a five-week study tour.

“These scholarships provide teachers with the unique opportunity to explore their field of expertise by visiting some of Australia’s highly acclaimed schools and centres for teaching and learning,” Mr Perrottet said.

“This is an amazing opportunity that can really transform a teacher’s professional career by broadening their knowledge and expanding their horizons.”

Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said the scholarships helped enrich the learning experiences of students.

“It’s great news for our students, who benefit from the new knowledge, teaching methods and skills these teachers bring back to their classrooms,” Ms Mitchell said.

“By providing our best teachers the opportunity to become world experts in education, we are enriching the learning experiences of our students.”

Minister for Skills and Training Alister Henskens said it was great to see vocational scholarships included in the awards every year.

“We have fantastic vocational teachers across the State who are securing a brighter future for NSW by making sure our young people have varied skills valued by employers,” Mr Henskens said.

2023 Premier’s Teacher Scholarships and recipients:

Premier’s Anika Foundation Youth Depression Awareness Scholarships

  • Brianne Balfoort, Kotara School for Specific Purpose
  • Peter Howes, Murwillumbah Learning Community High School
  • Margaret Tang, Putney Public School

Premier’s Early Childhood Education Scholarship

  • Susan Paton, Griffith Preschool Kindergarten

Premier’s Education Perfect Technology in Education Scholarship

  • Joanna Henderson, Murwillumbah Learning Community Primary School

Premier’s English Teachers Association English Scholarship

  • Ruth Read, Amity College, Prestons

Premier’s Geography Scholarship

  • Jaye Dunn, Asquith Girls High School

Premier’s Hicksons Lawyers Health Education and Wellbeing Scholarship

  • Ross Montague, Picnic Point High School

Premier’s History Teachers Association History Scholarships

  • Rachel Riley, Redlands School, Cremorne

Premier’s NESA Quality Teaching Scholarship

  • Jenny Perry, Campbelltown Performing Arts High School

Premier’s Reserve Bank of Australia Economics Scholarship

  • Gavin Brennan, Alpha Omega Senior College, Auburn

Premier’s Teachers Mutual Bank Aboriginal Education Scholarship

  • Michelle-Gai Brown, Vincentia High School

Premier’s University of Sydney Mathematics Scholarship

  • Julia Priest, Bilgola Plateau Public School

Premier’s Vocational Education Scholarships

  • Bernie Maginnity, St John’s College, Woodlawn

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