Leader of the Year Award

2011 saw the formal relationship with the Australian Council for Computers (ACCE) formalised and for the first time ICTENSW, as a new entity, created a process to establish a NSW ICT Leader of the Year award. The ICTENSW Leader of the Year may be nominated to ACCE to be considered for the national Leader of the Year award.

Typically the person will be a leader / mentor / advisor to a school or broader educational community group. It recognises significant advocacy, support and promotion of the use of ICT in education.

Candidates will have a distinguished career and proven inspirational achievement in leading the ICT in Education community.  Some specifics include:
  • Significant positive impact on technology use in education; locally, regionally, state wide, nationally, worldwide.
  • Efforts to involve the community in the initiative or program to facilitate partnerships with business and/or legislative initiations to advance the use of technology in education.
  • Works tirelessly to genuinely improve the quality of education.
  • Integrates deliberate planning in an effort to improve education through the use of technology.

2016 Leader of the Year Award Winner - Kelly Bauer

2015 Leader of the Year Award Winner - Corrine Campbell

Corrine is principal of school for students with emotional & behavioural difficulties, GROWTH coach, education blogger & podcaster. She brings a wealth of education experience to all aspects of her professional work. Highly sought after keynote speaker and infectiously passionate advocate for social justice in education, Corrine has been involved in several aspects of digital leadership. She introduced and supported teachers in the use of class blogging; Google Apps for Education and Office 365. She began coding with student to enable collaboration and creativity as well as connecting them with a global community. In addition, Corrine spent eight years as ICT Coordinator for Balgowlah North Public School where she was responsible for supporting teachers in embedding e-learning throughout the curriculum.

At a local, state and national level, Corrine has facilitated professional learning for teachers in the use of social media to connect, share and learn as part of professional learning networks. She has held positions on the NSW Teachers Federation technology advisory committee that was involved in policy development  around the use of technology in schools across NSW. At a national level, Corrine co-founded and administered the @edutweetoz rotation curation twitter account, that provides a hub for professional connection and learning between educators across sectors around Australia.

Corrine co-founded and hosts the informative and popular Teachers Education Review podcast, which frequently features stories aimed at informing educators in best practice around embedding ICT in the curriculum. This podcast has a world wide audience.

2014 Leader of the Year Award Winner - Matt Esterman

Matt’s work is widely recognised both locally and internationally. He has a broad professional learning network and he was one of the first people Stephen Heppell contacted in Australia to talk through and work with him on his “Lindfield School of the Future Project”. Matt is sought out by both educational and industry professionals for his clear vision of how learning can be enhanced by technology. His tireless efforts have moved the TeachMeet movement from a very local one to a national professional development phenomenon. He is also an advisor to the EduTech Conference group, which is the largest Educational Technology conference in Australia. At a very local level, he established the Good Samaritan eLearning Group.

Matt has established firm links with all major industry vendors and a number of influential developers who regularly support his endeavours with both sponsorship and expertise.  He has also forged links with Social Ventures who are working with influential educators to help create better education and employment outcomes for disadvantaged Australians. 

He is also extremely generous with his time. He spends countless hours outside regular school times with his own students and it is extremely common to see him attend the many TeachMeets that occur throughout Sydney. He is a regular conference presenter and he is a sought after judge for a number of educational groups promoting tech industry start-ups.

2013 Leader of the Year Award Winner Dr James Curran

Educator of the Year Award

2011 saw the formal relationship with the Australian Council for Computers (ACCE) formalised and for the first time ICTENSW, as a new entity, created a process to establish a NSW ICT Educator of the Year award. The ICTENSW Educator of the Year may be nominated to ACCE to be considered for the national Educator of the Year award.

This award recognises the importance of the work of teachers who are promoting, facilitating and using Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in their school every day. The person is respected as a leader and innovator both internal and external to their own institution.

2016 Educator of the Year Award Winner - Abi Woldhuis

2015 Educator of the Year Award Winner - Chris Woldhuis

Chris has made a significant impact in education through regular sharing of passion, dreams, practise and future directions. He regularly works with staff and students at Northern Beaches Christian School (NBCS) to develop skills in using ICT and foster an understanding of how ICT can improve student learning. Chris leads the Professional Development team at the school, and hosts, manages, log and sources PD for our staff. He is involved in consulting to other schools who come to NBCS our school for PD. Most of this involves growing participant understanding of how improve student outcomes using the right balance of ICT, pedagogical strategies and learning spaces (both physical and virtual).


2014 Educator of the Year Award Winner - Amanda Hogan

Amanda has designed and implemented a whole school Digital Citizenship Program which is delivered in the Pastoral Care program for students in years 7-12. It is built around the themes of USE, RESPECT and BUILD for the stages 4, 5 and 6 respectively and encourages girls to develop and maintain their digital footprint to accurately represent what they want others to understand about them. Additionally, she developed and implemented a cross-curricula program with the English Department where Year 7 classes are supported with ICT projects. Projects have included exploring making interactive, animated multimedia using Microsoft PowerPoint and using Google Tourbuilder as a way to engage with the physical locations visited by characters in a book.

Amanda works with colleagues regularly to foster a culture of learning and development where technology is used in authentic ways to enhance traditional learning experiences. She leads by example, using her own classes as models for how to use the school Learning Management System in effective ways to increase student engagement and improve the efficacy of feedback.  She also runs workshops out of normal class hours and working with teachers to develop technology rich units of work. 

Amanda is very passionate about raising the profile of programming and computational thinking among girls. She has added a programming unit to both years of the IST program at Tara, established a CodeClub for both the high school campus and in the primary school where she volunteers her time. These have been very successful for new programs and will be expanding them in 2015.  Her latest initiative is the burgeoning “Maker Space” in the library. She has been coaching and supporting the building of simple electronic circuits with students from all over the school and she looks forward to expanding her role in supporting this initiative in 2015.

2012 Educator of the Year Award Winner: Chris Betcher


Chris won this award when he was the ICT Integrator at Presbyterian Ladies College, Sydney. He has taught in the public, Catholic and Independent school sectors across all year levels and internationally, and worked in a private educational consultancy. He has consistently evangelized the use of technology for deeper, more meaningful learning.

Chris promotes technology as a tool for learning, and helps other educators more aware of the enormous potential that ICT offers and how it can help improve learning and extend the nature of education.

He is an active member of ICTENSW and ISTE, and has led successful global collaborative projects, helped other teachers integrate ICT into mainstream subjects, taught children about programming and computational thinking, and adopted social tools to help learning. He is proud that many ex-students have pursued careers in the IT field after their experience in his school.

Chris has shared his expertise openly and freely through his own blog
http://chrisbetcher.com , involvement in national and international conferences, through his podcast network and a co-authored book.

Chris is also an Adobe Education Leader, Google Certified Teacher, and a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer.

Chris was joint winner for the ACCE Educator of the Year award.

Young Educator of the Year Award

In 2015, ICTENSW introduced the Young Educator of the year award, to encourage and promote young teachers doing exceptional things within their classrooms using ICT.

This award recognises the importance of the work of young teachers who are promoting, facilitating and using Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in their school or community every day. The person is respected as a leader and innovator both internal and external to their own institution.

2016 Young Educator of the Year Award Winner - Kathleen O'Rourke

As a Primary Teacher Education Student, Kathleen has focused on supporting other Students (mainly at Macquarie) to develop their ICT skills and confidence to create with digital technologies. As a pre-service teacher, she has  presented on film-making with iPads and iPhones several times this year at TeachMeets and has created online resources for this. She has worked within STEAM Australia, CSER Mooc and ICTeNSW and Teachmeets in order to encourage young teachers to integrate ICT.

2015 Young Educator of the Year Award Winner - Nick Biddle

Nick Biddle works within regional NSW, encouraging people within his faculty and across ICT teachers to implement technology within his teaching. He has created his own website to support the students of Yass High School with all lessons, theory, programs and assessments readily available for every computing subject he teaches, as well as student work samples for public viewing. The website improves communication to students and is now listed on multiple technology sites including ICTENSW and through a variety of online platforms is now utilised by computing teachers from around the country.


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