Top educators recognised in ACEL excellence in teaching awards in Perth

Top educators from across Western Australia have been recognised by the Australian Council for Educational Leaders in its annual awards for excellence in teaching.

ACEL is Australia’s leading independent body for educational leadership.

Among the recipients was Ms Annie Fogarty of the Fogarty Foundation, who was awarded the top prize of Pre-Eminent Educator for her work championing programs that have a long-term impact on improving educational outcomes for Western Australians.

ACEL Western Australia President, Keith Newton, said the awards reflected the phenomenal work being undertaken at all educational levels across the state.

“For the past three years, ACEL has very consciously built alliances across all sectors and levels of education in Western Australia,” Mr Newton said.

“It’s wonderful for us to see not only the quality of the people nominated but the breadth.

“These awards really highlight the great achievements and inroads being made across the sector.”

The list of winners includes:

Pre-Eminent Educator
Ms Annie Fogarty, Fogarty Foundation

Ian Elder, Santa Maria College
Jenny Firth, Safety Bay Senior High School
Ron Gorman, Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia
Michael O’Neill, Notre Dame University

Fellows (Honorary)
Stephen Breen, Western Australian Primary Principals’ Association
David Stevens, ALTA-1 College
Carol Strauss, Ashdale Secondary College
Edith Wright, Kimberley Regional Education Office

Certificate of Excellence
Gary Anderson, Lynwood Senior High School
David Bean, Hale School
Bernard Beatty, WA Agricultural College - Cunderdin
Anika Blackmore, Dianella Heights Primary School
Dean Finlay, Ocean Road Primary School
Veronica Sutton, Forrest Future Footprints - AISWA
Paul Hille, Catholic Education Office
Geoff Miller, East Hamilton Hill Primary School
Veronica Sutton, Woodvale Senior High School
Stephen Webber, Guildford Grammar School

Teacher Leader
Elizabeth Elphick, Hampton Senior High School
Simone Sawiris, Santa Maria College

Research in Educational Leadership and Management
Shane Glasson, Catholic Education Office

Excellence and Leadership in Tertiary Studies
James Trimble, Edith Cowan University

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