Through life’s challenges, great teachers inspire

Twelve inspiring teachers from across the country are being recognised for their unwavering leadership and commitment to their students and communities, at the 2021 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards. 

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Teaching Awards

Australia’s teachers innovating to keep motivation high

Four winners of the Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards tell CBA Newsroom how they came up with innovative ways to engage their students during a challenging 12 months. 

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Teaching Awards winners

Alex Wharton

Alex Wharton

Head of Middle School, Carinya Christian School — Gunnedah, NSW

Anna Ritzema

Anna Ritzema

Science & STEM Specialist teacher, Tambrey Primary School — Karratha, WA

Daniel Yore

Daniel Yore

Senior Teacher Secondary, Yirrkala School — Yirrkala, NT

Dr Donna Harvey

Dr Donna Harvey

Deputy Principal, Beenleigh State High School — Beenleigh, Qld

Hayley Dureau

Hayley Dureau

Leading Teacher, Mount Waverley Secondary College — Mount Waverley, Vic

Jennifer Parrett

Jennifer Parrett

Principal, James Fallon High School — North Albury, NSW

Jessica Chesterfield

Jessica Chesterfield

Visual Art Teacher, Hymba Yumba Independent School — Springfield, Qld

Lloyd Godson

Lloyd Godson

Teacher, Hastings Secondary College Westport Campus — Port Macquarie, NSW

Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor

Principal, Banora Point Public School — Banora Point, NSW

Rebecca Godfrey

Rebecca Godfrey

Principal, Blackwater State High School — Blackwater, Qld

Rebecca West

Rebecca West

Deputy Principal: Instructional Leader, Bonnyrigg Public School — Bonnyrigg, NSW

Wendy Bode

Wendy Bode

Deputy Principal, Thuringowa State High School — Condon, Qld

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