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Long-serving educators honoured


Over 400 teachers and staff from the Victorian Department of Education and Training have been recognised for their contribution to public education during a ceremony honouring employees who have reached 40, 45, 50 and 55 years of service in 2019.

Victorian Minister for Education, James Merlino, congratulated teachers, principals, school administrative and department staff at the Victorian Department of Education and Training’s Recognition of Service ceremony held on 21 July 2019 at the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne.

Among those recognised were:

  • Allan Robinson, principal at Montmorency Secondary College who has provided 50 years of service. During his time at this school Mr Robinson established a basketball club that saw many students compete at state level championships.
  • Maureen Spencer-Gardner, sporting careers counsellor at the Maribyrnong Sports Academy, who is being recognised for 50 years of service. She taught at four Victorian public secondary schools over five decades, working with students who have gone on to be Olympians.
  • Adele Meren, a teacher-librarian at Elwood Primary School, who is being recognised for 50 years of service.

During their time in education, the 408 award recipients have led progress in education and helped young people to thrive through learning and educational opportunities.

“Everyone remembers an inspiring teacher, educator or principal who inspired passions or offered support to reach their full potential,” said Minister Merlino.

“These award recipients have dedicated their careers to public education, helping thousands of students and multiple generations of Victorians, over many decades.”

To view the full list of recipients, please click here.

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