The finalists in the 2021 Victorian Education Excellence Awards have been announced, with 41 local principals, teachers, and support teams named among the most outstanding educators in Victoria.
The awards are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year are the premiere employee recognition program for staff in Victorian government schools recognising inspirational teachers, principals, business managers and education support staff in public education.
There are two new categories this year, acknowledging the work of outstanding early career primary and secondary teachers.
Member for Melton Steve McGhie congratulated local finalists in the awards and thanked the outstanding educators whose work and commitment has improved schools and supported students to develop the skills, courage, and curiosity they needed to succeed in life.
The finalists in Melton are:
Tiffany Thomas, Melton Primary School: Outstanding Early Career Primary Teacher
The Outstanding Early Career Primary Teacher award recognises effective and innovative teachers in the first five years of their teaching career who have demonstrated excellence in teaching practice at a Victorian government primary school and have made a significant contribution to improving student achievement, engagement, and wellbeing.
Arnolds Creek Primary School: Outstanding School Improvement
The Outstanding School Improvement award recognises exceptional school staff within a Victorian government school who have demonstrated excellence to improve whole-school outcomes through strategic planning and improvement initiatives and have made a significant contribution to developing effective partnerships with the broader community to improve overall school performance.
A professional learning grant of $20,000 is awarded to each individual winner and a professional learning grant of $25,000 is awarded to each winning team.
The winners of the 2021 Victorian Education Excellence Awards will be announced on Friday, 22 October 2021.
Quotes attributable to the Member for Melton Steve McGhie
“I’m very pleased that Tiffany Thomas from Melton Primary School and The Arnolds Creek Primary School have been identified from Melton, and that their contribution to the school and broader community is being acknowledged.
“The Victorian Education Excellence Awards show our community what makes Victorian public education great and how we value the contribution of everyone working in our schools. I’m very proud of the contribution being made by our local finalists.”