Be That Teacher

'Be That Teacher' is a joint Australian, state and territory government initiative that showcases the importance of teachers and teaching.

The Be That Teacher campaign features eight current school teachers from across Australia and showcases the important role teachers play in the lives of their students. 'While we don’t remember much from when we were little, most of us can remember that teacher who helped us to aim higher, be braver and work harder,' the Hon. Jason Clare, Federal Minister for Education said.

Mrs Kerri-Anne Lacey, a year 7 teacher at Kirrawee High School in New South Wales, was that teacher for her student Michael. Michael had a star named after Mrs Lacey through Sydney Observatory. “All kids go through tough patches, but one thing about teaching is being able to look at a student and try and guide that mind as best you can,” Mrs Lacey said.

Mrs Lacey, is one of eight teachers featured in the campaign. To view their inspirational stories you can visit the Be That Teacher webpage. As part of the campaign, teachers are also being encouraged to share their own stories and Australians are being encouraged to share their stories about the teacher that changed their lives.

“Every teacher has a story to share, and everyone has a story to share about a special teacher,” Mr Clare said. To share yours, or find out more about becoming a teacher, visit

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