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2021

Public Education Awards Recognising excellence

Credit Union SA is the proud Platinum Sponsor for the 2021 Public Education Awards and sponsor of the Credit Union SA Primary Teacher of the Year Award.

The Public Education Awards were established in 2011 to showcase excellence in the public education system. 2021 will mark the 10th anniversary of the awards and provide an opportunity to reflect on our achievements, be proud of the work we've done and where we are headed together.

The awards recognise the achievements of teachers, leaders, allied health, support and corporate staff across the state.

An educator’s influence continues beyond the classroom and supports children and young people to reach their full potential in life. We all remember a teacher who inspired and motivated us to enjoy learning, and the awards honour the dedication and passion of individuals who deliver the best possible outcomes for young people and their families.

The awards recognise and showcase excellence in public education. Through this program the Department for Education South Australia proudly share their achievements with the community and highlight the innovation, passion and expertise that form the foundation the strong public education system.


The finalists

Having the education of children and young people at the heart of everything they do, the long list of finalists for the 2021 Public Education Awards showcases the diversity and strength of the South Australian workforce at its best.

Spread across a range of categories, the 33 finalists are all high performing professionals in their field, driving South Australia towards its goal of becoming one of the best education systems in the world.

Their achievements range from creating specialised programs supporting localised student needs to successfully implementing and leading key measures for system-wide improvement. 

Finalists and winners will be awarded grants to undertake professional learning or activities. Winners of each category receive $10,000 and 2 finalists for each category receive $2,000.

Winners will be announced an awards ceremony on Friday 5th November 2021.

The 2021 Public Education Awards finalists are:

Credit Union SA Primary Teacher of the Year Award

  • Nicole Chataway, Yalata Anangu School
  • Jessie Plisko, Willsden Primary School
  • Liana McCurry, Ardtornish Primary School

Early Years Leader of the Year Award

  • Margie Colton, Bertram Hawker Kindergarten
  • Sally Wuttke, Nuriootpa Community Children’s Centre
  • Jane Moore, Aldinga Beach Children’s Centre

Primary Leader of the Year Award

  • Dina Zunis, North Ingle School
  • Gael Little, East Torrens Primary School
  • Julie Murphy, Elizabeth Vale Primary School

Secondary Leader of the Year Award

  • Nikola Haskell, The Grove Education Centre
  • Ruth Mussger, Murray Bridge High School
  • Heather Makris, Birdwood High School 

Early Years Teacher of the Year Award

  • Coralie Dixon, Barmera Kindergarten
  • Ashley Gregory, Flinders Children’s Centre and Tji Tji Wiltja Preschool
  • Deborah Walsh, Paradise Kindergarten 

Secondary Teacher of the Year Award

  • Sue Pratt, Balaklava High School
  • Faith Brohier, Brighton Secondary School
  • Jodi Long, Renmark High School

Inclusive Teacher of the Year (Disability) Award

  • Jessica Daniel, Balaklava High School
  • Kirsten Mooney, Mount Barker Primary
  • Ali McLarty, Adelaide Botanic High School

University of South Australia Team Teaching Award

  • Entrepreneurial Teaching Team, Grant High School
  • Enhanced Learning Hub, Balaklava High School
  • Centre of Deaf Education Team, Avenues College

Site-based Support Award

  • Jo Hann, Hackham West Children’s Centre
  • Urumbula Program, John Pirie Secondary School
  • Aboriginal Education, Paralowie R-12 School

System Support Award

  • Curriculum Resources, Curriculum and Learning
  • Perspective, People and Culture
  • Phonics Screening Check, Curriculum and Learning 

Community Engagement Award

  • Reconciliation in Action, Port Elliot Kindergarten
  • Karena Wilson, Crystal Brook Kindergarten
  • Celeste Raymond, Melaleuca Park Primary School

Find out more about the 2021 finalists on the Department for Education SA's website.


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