2019 Victorian Education Excellence Awards Finalists


A primary school teacher passionate about raising literacy standards, a school supporting and promoting Koorie culture and a principal who has advocated for strong student voice and leadership are among the finalists acknowledged by the Andrews Labor Government in this year’s Victorian Education Excellence Awards.

Acting Minister for Education Gayle Tierney congratulated the 35 finalists across 12 award categories. The awards recognise inspirational teachers, principals, business managers and education support staff.

All winners are awarded professional development grants of up to $25,000 to support their work in schools. 

The Labor Government is building the Education State where every student can access a great local school and get a great education, which involves having great teachers at the forefront of our classrooms to help kids thrive. That’s why the Victorian Education Excellence Award winners will receive grants to undertake professional development and learning, to ensure our teachers are well supported to lead great careers in the Education State.

Outstanding Primary Teacher Finalists

  • Jacinta Tolland – Camperdown College
  • Dimple Bhardwaj – Hillsmeade Primary School
  • Linda Hawkless – Kingswood Primary School

Outstanding Secondary Teacher Finalists

  • Broady Kata – Officer Secondary College
  • Debra Scholefield – Rosebud Secondary College
  • ZoĆ« Carolan – Wantirna College

Outstanding Primary Principal Award Finalists

  • Bev Hansen – Dandenong West Primary School
  • Michelle Bickley-Miller – Warrnambool East Primary School
  • Jane Donaldson – Westmeadows Primary School

Outstanding Secondary Principal Award Finalists

  • Kondilo Prades – Lyndhurst Secondary College
  • Amadeo Ferra – McClelland Secondary College
  • Michelle Roberts – Mordialloc College

Winners will be announced at a ceremony to coincide with Australia's celebration of World Teachers’ Day on 25 October. VIT would like to congratulate all the registered teachers who have been nominated and wish the finalists the best of luck.