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Education Award finalists revealed

Friday, August 23, 2019

Two passionate educators and a high-performing team within the department received a surprise when Eddie Betts, SA Public Education Awards ambassador, came to notify them of their success as finalists in this year’s Awards. 

A special school teacher who brings their community together through music, a secondary teacher who develops their students’ passion for science, and a team who successfully engages Aboriginal students in STEM are among the 30 finalists who have been revealed today.

The recognised individuals and teams applied after more than 1900 nominations were received, many from students and parents across South Australia.

Beyond the recognition as a finalist, these people will be provided with professional development opportunities that will benefit themselves, their workplace and their education community for years to come.

To watch Eddie Betts’ surprise visits and see the full list of finalists visit the Public Education Awards webpage. The first video is available to watch today and the following 2 will be released in the lead up to the awards ceremony.


Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony held Friday 11 October at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

The 10 winners will receive $10,000, while 20 runners-up will receive $2,000 to go towards professional development.

Quotes attributable to Chief Executive Department for Education, Rick Persse

We’ve had another record breaking year with even more nominations, demonstrating the huge number of quality people working in public education in South Australia.

These individuals and teams are making a huge difference in the lives of children and young people and are significantly contributing to building a world class education system.

I would like to congratulate all of our nominees and finalists on being selected from such a strong field of applicants.  Their achievements are a source of pride for their colleagues and the Department for Education and I look forward to celebrating with them at the awards ceremony in October.

Quotes attributable to 2019 SA Public Education Awards Ambassador, Eddie Betts 

These individuals might think they’re just doing their job, but it’s how they go about their work that’s truly inspiring and is what makes them stand out from the rest.

I’m glad I had the pleasure of personally informing some of the finalists again this year. It’s such as fantastic feeling to see and hear about the positive impact they are having on kids learning.

Head to the Public Education Awards webpage to see the full list of finalists