2018 TAS Awards

This year's Tasmanian ACEL Branch Annual Award's evening brought together a vibrant group of over 50 educators and leaders for a wonderful cocktail event, hosted at the University of Tasmania's clubrooms. The evening celebrated and awarded nine worthy recipients of ACEL Leadership awards.

Tim Bullard, Secretary of the Department of Education represented the Minister for Education, Jeremy Rockcliff, and spoke about the importance of teachers, and the Government's plans coming out of the Workforce Roundtable discussion which are aimed at delivering more teachers and quality teaching.

Helen Spencer, TAS ACEL Fellowship awardee, spoke passionately about the increasing demands on teachers in this day and age, citing the expectations of curriculum, differentiation, providing feedback, recording, emailing parents, proving evidence for NCCD and the list goes on, as a fundamental reason that teachers need to have less contact time to allow them to fulfil the responsibilities of a 'normal' teacher. Helen wants to campaign for "Plus Five" for teachers. Meaning teachers need an additional five hours less contact time each week to enable them to fulfil their teacher duties adequately. We just need to convince the government to increase the education budget by 25%.

Our guest speaker for the evening, Angela Bird, gave an excellent speech unpacking many of the findings coming out of Associate Professor Philip Riley's work on Principal health and wellbeing and linking it in with recommendations for improving understanding and awareness from an outside-in and an inside-out approach.

The stars of the night were of course our Award recipients. Hearing about their amazing work, the impact they are having within and beyond their own communities is truly inspiring. I do hope that all who attended enjoyed celebrating their success as much as I did. They truly set a high standard for us all to aspire to.

Thank you to those that were able to make it this year; I'm sorry for those that had a clash of events, we hope to have you join us next time. I look forward to the 2019 Awards, in the meantime, keep inspiring one another, and take note of those who might be our future nominees.

ACEL TAS Early Career Teacher Leadership Award

  • Mark Stewart
  • Mellina Scavone
  • Benjamin Fulton
  • Emma Stubbs

ACEL TAS Excellence in Educational Leadership Award

  • Janet Marcenko
  • Sandra Guerzoni
  • Megan Bennell
  • Andrea Long

ACEL TAS Fellowship Award

  • Helen Spencer