Brad Tyrrell
Scotch College, WA

Brad has been a true visionary in relation to ensuring our College has the world standard for technology service, integration and innovation. Our boys are ahead in this state and Australia because of Brad; serving teachers, leaders, students and parents is the primary goal of Brad's IT endeavors. His ability to deliver futuristic services, products and ideology now, has been the critical factor in Scotch College outshining all our peers in what our boys are offered. He is a fantastic leader who manages a huge team of professionals, making sure each one is performing to their best, no matter how small or specific their IT role is. His willingness to share his processes and success with the IT community is a credit to his sincere desire to champion IT in the wider education setting, rather than promote himself or his position. He is a great person to work for and with and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to learn and grow under his guidance. 

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Michelle Leon
Darcy Road Public School, NSW

Michelle is currently our Assistant Principal for Technology and runs a school wide technology mentoring program. Over the week she work works with all 27 classes K-6 and is working to not only improve our teaching skills but to also develop our students into critical and creative thinkers of the future. Michelle does all of this whilst also leading the Early Stage One team and fulfilling her leadership duties across the school. She is always willing to take the time to assist her colleagues. Michelle is also very modest and I believe that she does not get anywhere enough recognition for the work that she does.

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Jeff Smithard
Noosa District State High School, QLD

As a new Deputy Principal in a new school I put out the challenge to avstaff member who could help me easily identify students who had 'stepped Up' into senior school based on their effort and behavior results. Jeff, during the Winter holidays designed me a data base that enabled me to access that information in moments. Furthermore, Jeff has been able to use the same talents to determine student awards based on GPAs for our schools Awards Night. 
Within the STEM fields, namely technology, Jeff has embarked on a drone based project using his skills in coding to integrate a year 10 Aerospace Unmanned Vehicle program into the learning. Jeff has also begun leading other teachers by sharing his understanding of technology and pedagogy to collaborate on curriculum design embedding New Pedagogies for Deep Learning by leveraging our digital resources. 

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Sallyann Burtenshaw
St Bernard's, NSW

Sallyann has worked passionately at building a Makerspace and Outdoor Tinkering Studio which integrates technology into the curriculum. She runs a lunch time Code Club and coaches a Robotics Team. She mentors staff in technology and has all children from K-6 using the Google Suite. She introduced Digital Leaders who are students in Kindergarten to Year 6 who help other students and teachers with technology. She has set up a biodiversity study space in the Outdoor Tinkering Studio where she works with students to study the biodiversity of the area using technology to collect data by participating in the Marine Debris Data collection survey and Water Watch. She has set up an automated hydroponic garden using Arduino and Raspberry Pi and is working on the establishment of a Meteorologist Team to collect and use weather data using BBC Microbits. 

Sallyann has run a number of Mini Makers Fairs which featured technology such as Makey Makey’s, Robotics, Arduino, Hummingbird Robotics, Ozobots, Beebots and Sphero's. She shares her knowledge with others by contributing to STANSW, Science Matters and via Twitter. She has provided advice about using technology in the classroom at national conferences. She was on the NESA Science Consultative Committee where she gave valuable feedback on the inclusion of technology in the syllabus. She is a passionate educator. The students call her Mrs STEAM train and toot when she passes by because they love their STEAM program. She does this without fanfare and has brought technology to life at St Bernard's. Staff were initially reluctant to get involved. By quietly helping them, they have now embraced it. Sallyann lives off the grid but saw a need to improve technology in the school so she upgraded her skills by attending training. She now loves it and shows teachers that you don’t need a science background to embrace technology in the classroom.

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Antony Marston
Port Phillip Specialist School, VIC

Antony or as he is known to us all as Anto, works tirelessly to support us all with our technical issues at Port Phillip Specialist School. He has a quiet demeanor and goes about his tasks with much skill and efficiency. Whenever asked to assist he never complains or says no and somehow finds time to fit it in. His particular talents include making amazing video/digital media pieces to support class performances throughout the year and at our annual 'Class Act' concerts. As we are a visual and performing Arts based school, Anto's work is brilliant at complementing the student's performances. One example of this recently was a visual and musical piece with a huge spider web used as a background visual for a spider dance at the 'Southern Music Festival.' He cleverly made it look like the giant spider was in the web. At the end of every year Anto spends huge amounts of time preparing a spectacular, individual, montage of photos and video perfectly linked to a piece of special music for each graduating student. These pieces are played at the graduation and there is not a dry eye in the room, as Anto captures each student from the beginning of their school life to graduation in a technologically amazing piece. The families receive a copy of this beautiful memory to keep. Anto is an extremely hard worker spending many more hours on tasks than he gets paid for. The results of his work are incredible and very much appreciated by staff and the families of the students at Port Phillip Specialist School.

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