Teaching Fellows

The Commonwealth Bank and national education charity Schools Plus are proud to present the 2017 Teaching Fellows - 12 inspirational educators whose exceptional teaching and leadership skills are making a difference, especially in disadvantaged communities.

Sharyn Angel
Sharyn Angel
Shailer Park State High School (QLD)
Sharyn's work helped increase the percentage of students at the school who perform at or above the minimum standard in writing from 54.2% to 96.4%.
Chad Bliss
Chad Bliss
The Canobolas Rural Technology High School (NSW)
Faced with multiple challenges in his school community, Chad used 'Design Thinking' strategies to identify the root causes of the issues students were facing. The innovative programs that resulted have since been shared with schools across the country.
Shanti Clements
Shanti Clements
Beauty Point Public School (NSW)
Shanti channelled over 23 years of experience to transform Beauty Point Public School into one of the highest performing schools in Australia for NAPLAN results.
Leah Crockford
Leah Crockford
Berry Springs Primary School (NT)
A disengaged school community and alarming NAPLAN results led Principal Leah Crockford to focus on existing strengths at the school and introduce real-life learning to dramatically improve student achievements.
Michael Devine
Michael Devine
Western Port Secondary College (VIC)
Since being appointed Principal in 2014, Michael initiated and led the establishment of programs to target disengaged students that have seen school retention from Years 7 to 12 increase by more than 25%.
Wilbur (Charlie) Klein
Wilbur (Charlie) Klein
Tjuntjuntjara Remote Community School (WA)
Challenged with high staff turnover, a transient student cohort, behavioural management issues and his own professional isolation, Charlie developed long-term strategies for students and staff to learn in different ways.
Sarah Mathews
Dr Sarah Mathews
Brisbane Bayside State College (QLD)
After observing that many students had limited numeracy ability, Sarah developed a numeracy committee that introduced the evidence-based practice of 'numeracy moments' - a program that enriches mathematical thinking by incorporating mathematics into real-life situations.
Lesley Mills
Lesley Mills
Tabulam Public School (NSW)
During her time at Tabulam, Lesley has collaborated with local elders and community members to establish an outdoor learning area and Cultural Centre to support inclusive learning programs in Aboriginal Education.
Christine Roberts-Yates
Dr Christine Roberts-Yates
Murray Bridge High School - Disability Unit (SA)
As Manager of the Disability Unit, which educates students with moderate to severe intellectual and multiple disabilities, Christine has introduced a technology-rich learning environment - including socially assistive robots – and transformed the unit into one of Australia's pre-eminent disability education facilities
Craig Skinner
Craig Skinner
Calista Primary School (WA)
Since commencing as Principal of Calista Primary School in 2013, Craig’s passion for achieving positive outcomes for both students and staff has seen the school community transform from significantly underperforming in NAPLAN testing to achieving higher than the national average.
Belinda Wall
Belinda Wall
Woonona High School (NSW)
Since her appointment as Principal, Belinda has transformed the school by developing a culture where teachers are active learners - reflecting on their practice, sharing their expertise and improving their teaching - resulting in greatly improved student academic performance.
Eddie Woo
Eddie Woo
Cherrybrook Technology High School (NSW)
Eddie’s ‘WooTube’ videos of his maths classes are watched across the world. At Cherrybrook, his passion for maths and innovative teaching practices have significantly improved his students’ learning performance and transformed the subject into one of high attraction and excellence.