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Educator of the Year Awards

Award WinnersEach year, DATTA Vic celebrates the hard-working, committed and creative Design and Technologies teachers who work in schools throughout Victoria. Please help us celebrate and spread the word about the fantastic work that goes on in our classrooms and workshops every day of the school year.

Congratulations to our 2021 Award Winners

Peter Murphy
The Foster Adem Award for Leadership in Technologies Education

Peter Murphy

The winner of this year's award is Peter Murphy (La Trobe University, RMIT, Southern Cross University and ex Northcote High School) He was chosen for his exceptional work as a leader in the field, contributing to curriculum development, political advocacy and showcasing a progressive and inclusive approach to Design & Technologies education. He is the creator of National Design & Technologies Week and the TechX Student Design Challenge, and has lead the battle to tackle the shortage of D&T teachers in Victoria. Peter is now lecturing in Initial Teacher Education and Industrial Design, and is beginning his own journey as a researcher as he prepares to start a PhD on innovative approaches to design education.

Ian Hoffman
The Secondary Educator of the Year Award

Ian Hoffman

Congratulations to Ian Hoffman from St. Monica's College Epping. Ian was nominated for this award not only by a teaching colleague but by two of his students! He was chosen for the work he has done to grow Systems Engineering at school, and his commitment to helping his students excel. As his student Frank wrote, "Mr Hoffman makes each and every class engaging by creating amazing resources... He starts class discussions about relevant systems engineering topics and the whole class is always inputting into them and sharing knowledge. I'm always motivated to do the work for his class. "

Matt LaFranchi
The Primary Educator of the Year Award

Matt LaFranchi

Matt LaFranchi from Bacchus March Grammar is the winner of the 2021 primary award, who was nominated for his innovative approaches to using new technologies in the classroom. "Matt has developed a primary curriculum which is aimed at building confidence in students across a range of platforms. He creates tasks which allow all students to experience success at coding, 3D modelling, 3D printing, and robotics...Matt also fuses the worlds of art, design, CAD & CAM, and digital technologies into student projects.” His support for his colleagues in the use of technology was always noted – particularly those who are new to the area.

Congratulations also to the following educators who were shortlisted for our 2021 awards:

  • Michael Slinger from St. Leonard's College
  • Robert Forbes from Bendigo South East Gollege
  • Ben Green from St. Leonard's College
  • Dean Hamer from Nagle College
  • Michael Abrahams from Marcellin College
  • Tim Barlow from St. Leonard's College
  • Norman Burke from St. Leonard's College
  • Gaetano Carusso from Parade College

About the DATTA Vic Educator of the Year Awards

There are 2 ways for an educator to be entered for these awards:

  1. An educator can be nominated
  2. An educator can apply themselves

The award categories are:

  • New to Technologies Teaching
  • Primary Educator of the Year
  • Secondary Educator of the Year
  • The Foster Adem Leadership in Technologies Education Award
Important Information
  • One of the recipients will be nominated for the DATTA Australia Technology Educator of the Year Award.
  • All nominees must be members of DATTA Vic - either as an individual or through their school.
  • You must provide sound reasons for the nomination/application which address the criteria listed for each category.

Recipients of Awards will receive:

  • a gift voucher
  • a certificate

Awards are presented at the DATTA Vic Annual Conference each year.

The winners will be listed in the DATTA Vic News.

A profile of each of the winners including a photo will be included in TECHNOTES.

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