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Two Australian teachers gain global recognition

Two outstanding Australian teachers, representing schools in Queensland and Victoria, have gained global recognition, joining LiteracyPlanet’s 2023 Educator Wall of Fame.

Headquartered on the Gold Coast in Australia, LiteracyPlanet, a global online English literacy platform, has unveiled the distinguished recipients of its annual 2023 Educator Wall of Fame.

This accolade recognises the exceptional dedication and contributions of educators worldwide, celebrating school innovators, thought leaders, and the often-overlooked heroes shaping students’ educational journeys.

Amidst fierce competition and hundreds of nominations, two Australian teachers have been named among the twelve global winners.

Kelda Wray.

Miss Kelda Wray, from Port Douglas State School in Queensland, won the ‘Creative Educators’ category, an honour bestowed upon those who weave educational magic behind the scenes.

Nominated by her peers, Miss Wray stands out for her unwavering commitment to infusing joy into her students’ learning experiences. For two consecutive years, she has orchestrated entire-school Escape Rooms, transforming the campus into a hub of excitement and curiosity.

Miss Wray’s imaginative approach introduces innovative learning styles, as demonstrated by this year’s Star Wars-themed Escape Room, fostering collaboration, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. Her passion for creating memorable educational adventures is truly commendable.

Miss Wray said she was thrilled to be a LiteracyPlanet Wall of Fame winner among educators from around the world.

“In my second year of teaching, I love being creative with my students’ learning. The success of my Escape Rooms has been incredible, and I’m already planning for the next ones. I’m grateful for this award, recognising my creativity, and I must add that I don’t always look like Ms Trunchbull!”

Recognised in the ‘Unsung Educational Heroes’ category is Ms Debbie Edwards, Student Services Leader at Hampton Park Secondary College in Victoria.

Described by her peers as a true multitasker, Ms Edwards consistently provides unwavering support to her colleagues. Her caring demeanour is evident in even the briefest interactions, reflecting her dedication to her student’s well-being.

Debbie Edwards

Beyond her daily duties, Ms Edwards actively streamlines processes at the college, collaborating seamlessly with the executive team. Her commitment to the students at Hampton Park Secondary College is admirable, as she goes above and beyond to support her colleagues, fostering a nurturing environment for success. Her exceptional quality lies in her ability to inspire and empower her staff, making her a true unsung hero in the school community, her peers said.

Mr Tom Richardson, CEO of LiteracyPlanet, expressed his privilege in recognising these educators, emphasising their resilience and creativity amidst the challenges faced by teachers this year.

“We applaud all our teachers for their dedication and commitment to providing students with the education they need daily, and I’d like to acknowledge the profound impact they have on their peers and schools.”

“Congratulations to our Wall of Famers for going above and beyond this past year!”

LiteracyPlanet’s 2023 Educator Wall of Fame features exceptional educators from nine countries worldwide, including India, Dubai, Nigeria, Pakistan, Northern Ireland, Oman, Jamaica, and Abu Dhabi.

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