The Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards inspire excellence in educators

How do you strive to stand out from the crowd in the teaching stakes? Take your cue from the 12 outstanding ‘Teaching Fellows’ and winners of the Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards; they’re innovating education by redefining working hours, introducing practical implementations of curriculum, or simply by boosting morale for disadvantaged students.

Rewarded in recognition of their efforts, winners receive a $45,000 grant to put towards further improving education, improving their own professional development, and an overseas study tour. Three winners have also been shortlisted for the Global Teacher Prize, valued at $1 million.

Teachers are assessed against criteria including; ability to transform learning outcomes, collaborating and sharing knowledge, engaging with the community, and the attributes of a ‘Teaching Fellow’. You can view past Teaching Fellows here.

The Commonwealth Bank aims to encourage excellence in teaching with the awards, which are co-presented by the specialist education non-profit, Schools Plus.

“By putting a spotlight on the incredible achievements of the Fellows, we hope their work will also inspire and influence teachers in classrooms right across Australia.” says Schools Plus CEO, Rosemary Conn.

This year’s winners include…


John Goh

John is the principal at Merrylands East Public. He’s introduced radical measures to improve students’ work days including demolishing classroom walls, starting school earlier in the day, and removing the bell to improve engagement.

John’s school has seen drastic improvement above NSW average in literacy and maths, and has implemented a focus on digital learning. The superstar principal has even performed at TEDxSydneySalon as something of an expert on the subject of digital education.

Matthew Eyles

Science teacher Matthew brings a unique perspective to his classroom as a registered nurse. He’s transformed his humble Hobart classroom into a simulated five-bed hospital for a new introduction to nursing course he’s implemented; he’s even created a website to enhance learning outcomes from the hands-on experience.

Ann Caro

Ann is Lithgow High School’s first ever female Principal. With over 20 years of teaching under her belt, Ann has managed to reinvigorate students in an area downtrodden by economic decline in the face of factory and mining closures. NAPLAN and HSC results are up, as are hopes and attitudes – with a 40% drop in bad-behaviour suspensions to boot.


To find out more about the Awards and see the full list of winners, click here.

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