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Together We Inspire Award Winners 2019

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Tonight the 2019 Department of Education Together We Inspire Awards were held in Hobart to celebrate Tasmania’s terrific public education system.

The awards are now in their eighth year and provide an important opportunity to recognise the outstanding efforts of staff across the Department in delivering educational outcomes for learners across the state at every life stage.  

Central to each of the twelve award categories are the Department of Education’s core values of Aspiration, Respect, Courage and Growth. The values underpin all nomination categories and each finalists has demonstrated a strong commitment to these values and a passion for delivering quality learning experiences. The values represent all Department staff, guiding beliefs and ambitions. Each value reflects the attributes Tasmanian learners will need to be successful throughout their lives.

These awards are an important initiative of the Education Department and would not be possible without the generous support of the major sponsor Tasplan and partners Teachers Health and Telstra.

Passionate and dedicated staff and volunteers are vitally important to delivering public education. The positive impact they have on learners, helping to shape successful futures, is truly commendable.

The finalists selected in this year’s Together We Inspire Awards showcase the commitment that is on display each and every day by staff and volunteers from across the range of services provided by the Department.

The 2019 Together We Inspire Award Winners:


Tasplan Together We Inspire Award

  • Elizabeth College Advanced Academic Diploma Team

School Leadership Award

  • Stuart Dwyer, Principal, Flinders Island District High School and Cape Barren Island School

Engaging our Learners Award (Early Learning)

  • Rowena Wilkinson, Principal, Early Childhood Intervention Service

Engaging our Learners Award (Primary P-6)

  • Annette Langdon, Assistant Principal, Glen Dhu Primary School

Engaging our Learners Award (Secondary 7-12)

  • Hellyer College Creating Connections A and B Team

Engaging our Learners Award (Adults)

  • Iona Johnson, Literacy Coordinator, Risdon Prison – Libraries Tasmania

Outstanding Early Career Employee Award

  • Abby Dillon, Teacher, Austins Ferry Primary School

Outstanding Support Employee of the Year Award

  • Dom Monypenny, Laboratory Technician, Hobart College

Teachers Health Wellbeing Award

  • Claremont College Wellbeing Team

Telstra Excellence in Innovation Award

  • Matt Eyles, Teacher, Hobart College

Volunteers of the Year Award (all 4 finalists recognised)

  • Sheree Martin, Landsdowne Crescent Primary School
  • Shelley Charlton, Glenorchy Library
  • Michael Garner, Cygnet Primary School
  • Hannah Brand, Waimea Heights Primary School

Literacy Champion Award

  • Talking and Language for Kids Team (TALK), Riverside Primary School, Trevallyn Primary School and West Launceston Primary School

Numeracy Champion Award

  • Latrobe-Kentish Numeracy Leaders Team,