Teachers’ Guild of NSW announces winners of 2018 World Teachers Awards

On Friday October 26, on World Teachers’ Day, the Teachers’ Guild of New South Wales held its 2018 World Teachers Celebration at the Concord Golf Club, to award the outstanding professional contribution to education made by a select group of teachers.

“This important occasion allows us to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of all our teachers in an increasingly complex, multicultural and technological society,” said Dr Frederick Osman, President Teachers’ Guild of NSW.

The Teachers’ Guild of NSW greatly admires the commitment of teachers in enhancing their professional knowledge, improving teaching practice, finding new ways to engage with students, and developing and fostering relationships with the wider community.

This year, 208 guests gathered to celebrate the presentation of awards presented by special guests The Hon. (Rob) Robert Gordon Stokes, MP, Minister for Education, Mr Jihad Dib, Member for Lakemba, Shadow Minister for Education and Mr Damien Tudehope, Member for Epping. The event honored 57 worthy recipients across the different sectors and stages of education.

Award for teachers in their early years of teaching:

Primary School Division finalists:

  • Rebecca Flannery, Kincoppal Rose Bay

  • John Forbes, Blue Mountains Grammar

  • Mark Gannon, Trinity Grammar School

  • Brenton Herbert, Lakes Grammar School

The 2018 Primary School Division WINNER was MARK GANNON from Trinity Grammar School who commented: “It is incredibly humbling to be selected as a winner and I feel blessed to be in the position that I am in today. It is a great reflection of the culture of support and collegiality at Trinity Grammar Preparatory School. I am the teacher that I am today because of the teachers that surround, challenge and inspire me every day.”

Senior School Division finalists:

  • Jason Borg, Georges River Grammar

  • Allyse Miskle, St John Bosco College, Engadine

  • Katie Szwecow, De La Salle College, Ashfield

  • Sara Vassallo, Radford College, ACT

  • Christie Ward, The Scots School, Albury

  • Daniel Woolley, Barker College

The 2018 Secondary School Division WINNER was JASON BORG from Georges River Grammar who commented: “I am beyond thankful to the Teachers’ Guild of New South Wales for providing a platform for Early Career Teachers to share my experiences in such formative years of my practice and my passion for education. The experience worked to reignite and reaffirm my choice to enter the teaching profession. My belief that no teacher stands alone in their achievements was emphasised with the support, messages and congratulations of my colleagues, senior leadership team, Guild members, family, friends and students. Georges River Grammar has a strong sense of community and the support and mentoring I receive from the community is essential to my success. We are celebrating this as a win for the whole community and they took no time at all to publicise it all over school social media.”

The Guild Scholarship Prize was donated by the Teachers’ Guild of New South Wales for an outstanding student in the second year of the MTeach program at the University of Sydney.

Winner: Giordi Poli, University of Sydney

Highly Commended: Larissa Cini, University of Sydney and Natalie Leung, University of Sydney

The Research Award finalists

  • Simon Crook, University of Sydney

  • Elisabeth Freer, University of New South Wales

  • Helena Granziera, University of New South Wales

  • Cherry Zin Oo, University of New South Wales

  • Conor West, University of Wollongong

The 2018 Teachers Mutual Bank Award WINNER was HELENA GRANZIERA from the University of New South Wales.

The Research Award WINNER for 2018 was ELISABETH FREER from the University of New South Wales.

Honorary Fellowship of the Teachers’ Guild of New South Wales

  • Dr Paul Burgis HFTGN

  • Mr John Goh HFTGN

  • Dr Bronwen Wade-Leeuwen HFTGN

  • Dr Linda O’Brien HFTGN

World Teachers’ Recognition Awards

  • Amanda Wilson, Shore School

  • Amy Ayres, Northern Beaches Christian School

  • Andrew Facer, Bowral High School

  • Anne Mynott, Macarthur Anglican School

  • Ashlee Koller, Richmond High School

  • Bahia Malas, Blakehurst High School

  • Cathy Frazer, Shore School

  • Celeste White, Chatswood High School

  • Ching-Wen Hsu, St Mary Star of the Sea College

  • Cynthia Jobe-Parker, Lakes Grammar School

  • Danielle De Redder, Glen Innes High School

  • Helen Rhodes, Shore School

  • Jacqueline Young, PLC Sydney

  • James Friend, Shore School

  • Judy Anderson, University of Sydney

  • Kate Hooper, Pittwater House

  • Kathryn Fraser, The King’s School

  • Kathryn Genthner, Northern Beaches Christian School

  • Kathryn Pesic, Macarthur Anglican School

  • Kylie Bowra, St Augustine’s College

  • Luke Coulton, Thomas Hassall Anglican College

  • Lynette Colthorpe, Lakes Grammar School

  • Martin Lobo, St Aloysius’ College

  • Matthew Driscoll, Thomas Hassall Anglican College

  • Matthew Esterman, Trinity Grammar School

  • Nathan Crumbley, Lakes Grammar School

  • Nigel Coutts, Redlands

  • Noelene Callaghan, Glenwood High School

  • Rita Sakr, Tangara School for Girls

  • Robyn Ross, Brigidine College Randwick

  • Sarah Hill, Shore School

  • Simon Harper, Killara High School

  • Timothy Flaus, Bowral High School

  • Tracey Rixon, Macarthur Anglican School

  • Zenobia Katrak, Bowral High School

Matthew Esterman, a recipient of the World Teachers’ Recognition Award commented: “Being recognised with fellow educators by the Teachers' Guild is humbling and enriching. Teachers do not do their work for public recognition. We do not seek the limelight nor do we equate celebrity with effectiveness in our work. We do not perform in a popularity contest. So, when teachers are recognised for what they do by their peers, it is also a recognition that the profession has value, power and the ability to stand up and have its voice heard on its own terms.”

“The Guild congratulates all award recipients for their incredible achievements,” concluded Dr Osman.

Photographs from our Annual Awards Evening are now available on Facebook.

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