Celebrating the profession Page ContentThis page includes stories of educators recently featured in editions of In Our Classrooms. Nominate your peers for a Public Service Medal The Public Service Medal recognises the outstanding dedication of all public servants, including teachers, school staff and school leaders. Nominations close 15 January. Walking with African communities toward excellence in education More than 70 people came together for the Walking with African Communities Forum. Recognising leadership and innovation in education Meet the winners of the 2018 Victorian Education Excellence Awards' nine categories and the overall Lindsay Thompson Award for Excellence in Education. Meet the 2018 finalists for outstanding secondary teacher award Cassandra Marinopoulos, Tony Vallance and John Lane are finalists in the Victorian Education Excellence Awards. Paralympian reflects on his favourite teacher Gold medallist Matthew Haanappel remembers how his Melba College teacher Terry Bennett inspired him to be the best he could be. Meet the 2018 finalists for outstanding primary school teacher Award The Victorian Education Excellence Awards celebrate the outstanding efforts of educators who change the lives of students at their school. Somerville Primary got talent Taking inspiration from the yearly student talent show, Graduate teacher Samantha Lord asked her colleagues and Principal Andrew Haley if they would perform a dance for the students. They delivered. New Tech School brings new skills to Whittlesea Whittlesea Tech School is now open, giving students in Melbourne's north a head start on thinking and creating for the future. A new tech school and a focus on women in STEM As a new tech school opened in Victoria’s north and the STEMpowered exhibition begins, lesson plans and resources have been developed to support teachers to get more young women into STEM. School art makes a global difference From the art room of one school in Melbourne's south east has come a State Wide Exhibition celebrating student artwork and supporting charities in Cambodia. Game changers and change makers Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology, held every August since 1997. Nominations open for Victoria’s Multicultural Awards for Excellence 2018 Monday 25 June is the last chance to apply for the Awards, acknowledging excellence in supporting cultural diversity. The role of teachers in success As 274 students were recognised in the Premiers' VCE Awards, they speak of the dedicated teachers who supported them. The arts in action at Aireys Inlet Primary School For Aireys Inlet Primary School the Education Week theme 'Celebrating the arts' has given them the opportunity to collaborate across the school and the community. Inspire your students in Education Week Teacher and former opera singer Alison Farr-Handley shows how the Arts can build student confidence and passion. The motivation to succeed Outstanding Primary School Teacher of the Year Emma Ross shares how the Victorian Education Excellence Awards gave her the motivation to continue to advance. A teaching journey in specialist education As the end of the year approaches, Janet Joliffe reflects on a teaching career that has spanned 46 years and prepares for life after school. Reflections from secondary school Nicole Marie was recently named Outstanding Secondary Teacher of 2017 at the Victorian Education Excellence Awards.