Previous Winners

2019 Award Winners

Emerging Educator

Lauren Winfield - Millner Preschool

Lauren has demonstrated a natural passion for her work in the early childhood education sector. Lauren helped develop a program which focuses on children transitioning from a day care setting to preschool and in turn, preschool to transition. Lauren’s work has ensured that children and families feel safe and connected resulting in quality relationships and increased attendance. Lauren has also been able to connect with families of different cultural and linguistic backgrounds and ensures she knows the child and their goals, strengths and support needs. Lauren goes above and beyond in every facet of her teaching and connecting with children and families. She is a lifelong learner who brings an exciting energy to her teaching.

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Sylvette Maralwuy - Milingimbi Preschool

Sylvette is an assistant teacher at Milingimbi Preschool and outstanding educator in her community. She ensures flexible and open-ended play-based learning informed by children’s interests, strengths and needs. Sylvette teaches in both Yolgnu Matha and English and teaches both the children and the non-indigenous community traditional ways and language. Sylvette has brought in community members to make damper, bush food, traditional medicine and identify animal prints. Sylvette is studying her Certificate III in Education and Care and wants to complete her Diploma and Bachelor Degree and then become the Milingimbi Preschool teacher. She uses her local knowledge, great sense of humour and dedication to child development to inform her teaching and is an asset to our Early Childhood education sector.

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Outstanding Educator

Trish Whitaker – Jabiru Families as First Teachers Program

Trish has worked as an educator in remote schools for nearly 20 years. Her strengths include her ability to create genuine relationships with children and families which is reflected through the travel and work she does with the numerous small community groups in the Kakadu area that access the Jabiru FaFT Program. Trish has also developed partnerships with the community including the local aboriginal corporation, health centre, school and other organisations to support children’s holistic wellbeing and development. Trish uses a variety of tools to assess children’s development and learning and to identify the specific support needs individual children may have. She supports the implementation of trauma informed practices through the use of the Berry Street model. Trish also holds a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certification.

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Outstanding Leader

Meg Hewett - Galiwin'ku Family as First Teachers Program

As a leader Meg is inspirational - not only to her staff but as a public speaker when she shares her knowledge with others. Meg’s strengths include her commitment to quality pedagogy, program planning and quality implementation of key strategies to support children’s development in the remote community of Galiwink’u. Meg develops programs using language and ‘both way’ learning and Meg ensures the programs she offer build on the strengths of families.  Meg and the Aboriginal Family Liaison Officer provide regular workshops for parents including a workshop about child brain growth delivered in the local language.  Meg has also commenced a learning and development excursion to Darwin to provide opportunities for families to attend parks and other enrichment opportunities as well as engaging with health and other professionals.

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Outstanding Achievement in Community Engagement

Katherine Isolated Children’s Service

Katherine Isolated Children’s Service (KICS) provides a mobile playgroup to more than 3,000 children at 21 Indigenous communities, 40 pastoral stations and three small communities spread across vast distances. KICS has consistently demonstrated its dedication to children, families and communities through a tailored approach to learning and education, sharing of resources, positive role models, leading by example and community engagement. It has embedded a staff culture of going ‘above and beyond’ including; helping in with pop-up cyclone classrooms, facilitation of area-based organisations to network, innovate and collaborate, and supporting other educators.

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Outstanding Achievement in Innovative Practice

Smile-a-Mile Fun Bus

Smile-a-Mile Fun Bus is a mobile children’s service that is dedicated to providing quality experiences to 13 sites in the Darwin rural area and regional towns. It is targeted to children birth to five years of age and when visiting regional towns is hosted by schools and includes the school aged children. The innovative practice has been to move away from commercialised and one-purpose resources that often stifle creativity and imagination, and promote gender stereotypes. They have deliberately and purposefully incorporated a strong focus on rich and meaningful pretend play spaces. Inspiration for the props and play scenes comes from children’s interests. Use of recycled and repurposed items has modelled for parents that creative and engaging play does not have to be expensive and can be resourced through everyday items.

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  • Emerging Educator: Stacy Williamson, Nightcliff Outside School Hours Care
    Outstanding Educator: Michelle Leonard, Alekarenge Preschool
    Outstanding Leader: Mariann Reu, Schools South Department of Education
    Outstanding Achievement in Community Engagement: Yirrkala Families as First Teachers (FaFT)
    Outstanding Achievement in Innovative Practice: Nightcliff Community Early Learning Centre

  • Emerging Professional Educator: Melanie Smith, Nhulunbuy Community Child Care Centre
    Outstanding Educator: Myfanwy Baker, Millner Preschool
    Outstanding Achievement in Leadership: Christine Taylor, Territory Child Care Group
    Outstanding Achievement in Community Engagement: Murraya Children’s Centre
    Outstanding Achievement in Sustainable Practice: Nightcliff Early Learning Centre
    Outstanding Education and Care in Long Day Care and Three-Year-Old Kindergarten: Murraya Children’s Centre
    Outstanding Education and Care in Preschool: Alekarenge Preschool
    Outstanding Education and Care Service in Budget Based Funded Services: Katherine Isolated Children’s Service
    Outstanding Education and Care Service in Outside School Hours Care: Holy Spirit Outside School Hours Care

  • Emerging Professional Educator: Mescha Manski, Girraween Preschool
    Outstanding Achievement in Leadership: Carla Hayes, Berry Springs Preschool
    Outstanding Achievement in Community Engagement: Arnhem Early Learning Centre
    Outstanding Achievement in Sustainable Practice: Berry Springs Preschool
    Outstanding Education and Care in Long Day Care and Three-Year-Old Kindergarten: La Creche on the Avenue
    Outstanding Education and Care in Preschool: Larapinta Preschool
    Outstanding Education and Care in Family Day Care: Kentish Lifelong Learning and Care
    Outstanding Education and Care Service in Budget Based Funded Services: Smile a Mile Fun Bus and Toy Library
    Outstanding Education and Care Service in Outside School Hours Care: Holy Spirit Outside School Hours Care

  • Emerging Professional Educator: Cherry Valenzuela, Holy Spirit Outside School Hours Care
    Outstanding Achievement in Leadership: Zoe Davis, Farrar Early Learning Centre
    Outstanding Achievement in Community Engagement: Bagot Outside School Hours Care
    Outstanding Achievement in Sustainable Practice: NT Explorers
    Outstanding Education and Care in Long Day Care and Three-Year-Old Kindergarten: Farrar Early Learning Centre
    Outstanding Education and Care in Preschool: Berry Springs Preschool
    Outstanding Education and Care in Family Day Care: Territory Child Care Group
    Outstanding Education and Care Service in Budget Based Funded Services: Bagot Outside School Hours Care

  • Emerging Professional Educator: Isabella Britten
    Excellence in Leadership: Betty McKinlay, Top End Early Learning Centre
    Service Excellence: Nightcliff Community Early Learning Centre
    Excellence in Community Engagement: Stuart Park Neighbourhood and Child Care Centre
    Excellence in Sustainable Practice: Stuart Park Neighbourhood and Child Care Centre

    • Emerging Educator: Monique Marzocchi, Clyde Fenton Primary School
    • Outstanding Educator: Fiona Matchett, St Mary’s Community of Learners
    • Outstanding Leader:  Joanne Vlassco, Malak Family Centre
    • Outstanding Achievement in Community Engagement:  Farrar Early Learning Centre
    • Outstanding Achievement in Innovative Practice: Darwin Family Day Care

Last Updated:
09 May 2019