Awards Program

Together we inspire and support all learners to succeed as connected, resilient, creative, curious thinkers

The Department of Education awards program recognises and rewards staff and volunteers who have demonstrated outstanding excellence, innovation and talent in their roles supporting education.

Now in its seventh consecutive year the 2018 Awards program introduces a new suite of categories that are based on the Department’s core values of Aspiration, Respect, Courage, and Growth which we believe represent who we are as an organisation, and also reflect the attributes our learners will need to be successful.

Congratulations to the 2018 Together We Inspire Award finalists.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit a nomination in this year’s awards, and to all nominees, congratulations on being recognised for the contribution you make supporting learners and education in Tasmania.  Being nominated is a credit to you and the work you do to inspire our learners to succeed.

A complete list of 2018 Finalists can be viewed below.  Award winners will be announced at the Together We Inspire Awards Ceremony on Thursday 18 October, at the Country Club Resort, Prospect.

Duncan Groves – Principal, Windermere Primary School
Karen Hampton – Principal, Waverley Primary School
Kate Slater – Principal, Margate Primary School

Michelle De Paoli – AST, Albuera Street Primary School
George Town Early Years Collective
Carolyn Van Der Spek – Launching into Learning Teacher, East Tamar Primary School

Dan Van Ommen-Brown – Prep Teacher, Huonville Primary School
Singfest Team
Summerdale Primary Autism Class


Helen Carnell – Secondary STEM Teacher, Flinders Island District School
New Norfolk High School Years 11/12 Team
Lachlan Court – Teacher , Music Hobart College

Devonport Collective Middle Tier Leader Planning Group
Jennifer Dunbabin – Services Coordinator, 26TEN
Gail Wilson – Literacy coordinator, Libraries Tasmania

Bonnie Hall – Teacher, Riverside High School
Bob Pill – Teacher, Rosny College
Emma Stubbs – Teacher, Montrose Bay High School

School and Client IT Support End Device Team, IT Services
Moonah Primary Kitchen Garden Team
Steven Bennett – Education Facility Attendant, JRLF Herdsmans Cove Primary School

Connect 6 Cluster
Exeter Primary School Leadership Team
Home Group Wellbeing Program, Hobart College

EPR – Standardised Testing
Stephen Dodge – AST, Elizabeth College
Invermay Primary School – Invermay Way Interactive Wheel

Emily Bullock – Teacher , Claremont College
Elizabeth College EAL Team
Montrose Bay High School Literacy Team


Ogilvie High School Maths Team
Perth Primary School Leadership Team
Stephanie van der Schans – Teacher, Glen Huon Primary School / Huonville Primary and High Schools

Greg Kidd – Sustainability Learning Centre/Mt Nelson Primary School/Hobart College
Lynne Mahoney – Smithton Library
Ian Nicolson – Margate Primary School

These awards, an important initiative of the Department, would not be possible without the generous support of our major sponsor Tasplan, and partner Telstra.

If you have any questions, or would like further advice, please contact the Awards Team at or phone (03) 6165 5682 or (03) 6165 5746

Catch up on the 2017 Department of Education Award Winners and Finalists

Past Winners and Finalists