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Best in public education awarded

14 October 2017

South Australia’s best and brightest in public education were awarded for their valuable work and dedication to improving the learning outcomes of children and young people at the 2017 Public Education Awards ceremony last night.

This year the awards categories were expanded, opening up the opportunity to thank outstanding employees across the state – including leaders, teachers, allied health professionals, support workers and corporate employees.

The 10 winners were awarded up to $10,000 and 20 runners up were awarded $2,000 towards their choice of professional development.

2017 Winners

Teachers Health Leadership award – Margot McDougall Principal, Hospital School SA

Secondary Teaching – Tammy Cane, Campus Manager Independent Learning Centre, Naracoorte High School

Credit Union SA Primary Teacher of the year – Clint Beard, Teacher, Poonindie Community Learning Centre

Early Years Teacher of the year – Sandra Kelly, Teacher of the deaf, Klemzig Auslan Bilingual Preschool

School and Preschool Support award – Hannah Dayman, Trade Schools Support Officer, Kadina Memorial School

System Excellence award – Suzie Cottle, Early Childhood Leader, Mount Gambier Regional Office

Aunty Josie Agius award – Joanne Smith, Preschool Director, Port Lincoln Children’s Centre

Community Engagement award – Aldinga Beach Children’s Centre         

Innovation and Practice award – Scott Dirix, Senior Leader, Alternative Programs, Salisbury East High School

Performance Through Values award – Natasha Chisholm, Aboriginal Training Transition and Employment Officer, Para Hills Education Office


Finalists were selected from a number of nominations received from students, staff, parents and the wider community.

Nominations opened Monday 1 May and closed on Wednesday 31 May.

Finalists were announced on Monday 21 August.