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Credit Union SA Primary Teacher of the Year

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Kelly Rivett

Year 5 teacher, Vale Park Primary School

A unique handshake for every student as they enter Kelly’s classroom is the first indicator of this teacher’s innovative approach. Kelly believes she must prepare her students for the 22nd century and uses unique STEM opportunities to develop her student’s entrepreneurial spirit and problem-solving acumen, while advancing their social skills so that they are empathetic, critical thinkers and ultimately, more employable individuals.

The state’s first teacher to become a Kagan Cooperative learning trainer, Kelly’s students work in teams to provide each other with critical feedback, influence what is taught and decide what is assigned for homework. She also has a fortnightly meeting with each student, discussing their STEM skills, personal goals and helps them to undertake self-assessment against agreed success criteria. Together with the student, she then documents the outcomes of the discussions in an email to parents and caregivers which enhances the partnership between home and school.


Matt Millar

Teacher/Senior Leader, McLaren Vale Primary School

In Matt’s classroom students take control of their learning and are supported to find their own voice. This is the result of a “thinking classroom” which better prepares students for future life and employment in a rapidly changing world. He uses a balance of teaching strategies such as open-ended tasks, inquiry-based and hands-on learning and ICT to provide an inclusive and challenging environment for all students.

A collaborator with his students and peers alike, he has a passion for connecting educators to benefit students. Matt has developed multiple social media groups for teachers based at his school, in South Australia and internationally and it has grown into a 17,000-strong community of educators who actively exchange ideas on best teaching practice.

Sofy Pipinis

Teacher/Visible Learning Impact Coach, Renmark Primary School

Champion for change, Sofy is a passionate classroom teacher and Visible Learning Impact Coach. Using evidence and research, she shares visible learning strategies to empower success and confidence in her colleagues, allowing them to become evaluators of their own teaching.

Students in Sofys’ classroom know why and what they are learning and they understand what success looks like which supports them to set their own goals and seek directed feedback. The commitment by her peers and education community to explore and develop this approach is a reflection of the authentic culture that Sofy nurtures.


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