In recognition of the talent, hard work and commitment of teachers everywhere, Victoria is celebrating World Teachers' Day this Friday, 25 October.
Every day, Victorian children enjoy great education in our schools thanks to the tireless efforts of dedicated teachers from all over the state.
This year, World Teachers' Day focuses on the future of the profession, under the theme #brightfuture. This theme highlights the work of teachers starting their careers in Victorian schools, as well as the role of the more experienced teachers in helping their new colleagues thrive.
In honour of World Teachers' Day, we are recognising the finalists for this year's Victorian Education Excellence Awards (VEEA). This year there are thirty-five finalists in thirteen categories.
These awards recognise the best of our teachers, who help to ensure Victoria's children and young people have access to great schools and can develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in life. The impact of their work is shown by the achievements of this year's three finalists for the Outstanding Primary Teacher Award.
Kingswood Primary School teacher Linda Hawkless has seen first-hand the role teachers play in shaping their students' futures.
'When past families and pupils come back to Kingswood and tell me how important my teaching was to their development, I feel humbled. It emphasises for me how privileged I am to be a teacher'.
Another finalist, Jacinta Tolland from Camperdown College, returned to her school as a teacher after previously attending as a student, saying 'Raising the bar and closing the gap' defines what I want to do for every student.'
Dimple Bhardwaj, a teacher at Hillsmeade Primary School, shares this view, describing her approach to teaching as 'caring'.
Dimple believes that if she can 'spark an interest in a young person that leads them onto a learning journey', then she will know she has 'done something worthwhile'.
Of course, secondary school teachers are also acknowledged at the VEEA, along with principals, business managers and education support staff.
All of this year's award finalists are bright examples of how the hard work of Victorian teachers continues to shape Victoria's future generation through education.
On this World Teachers' Day, we will be celebrating not just the VEEA finalists, but also the dedicated teachers in all Victorian schools.
For more inspiring Victorian teachers, watch the video:
For further information about World Teachers' Day,
visit the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership's website .
The Victorian Education Excellence Award winners will be announced at a ceremony on Friday, 25 October.
Information on the award recipients and finalists is available on the VEEA website.