Days Made Better at Nine Australian Primary Schools
The recipients were selected from more than 100 peer-nominated entries and received flowers and $1,000 worth of stationery for their classroom.
OfficeMax Australia’s Director of Education, Darren Steel, said that the program is now in its sixth year globally and since it was introduced in Australia the standard keeps climbing.
“We adapted the global A Day Made Better program, which began in the US in 2007, to really make it Australia’s own by rewarding primary teachers who are known for their passion and enthusiasm and for continually inspiring their students,” Darren said.
“While we are so fortunate to have such high calibre teachers in this country, it made the judging process very difficult. The panel included some of the most senior executives in the teaching profession.
“The surprise, flowers and stationery were well received but it was the outside recognition that really seemed to touch the hearts of the teachers, with some tearing up at the applause,” Darren said.
Australian teachers that were recognised included:
- Angie Eastwood, Empire Bay Public School (NSW);
- Maria Marsh, Moerlina School (WA);
- Stacey Ottrey, Mildura Primary School (VIC);
- Eliza Spykers, Bicheno Primary School (TAS);
- Sue Tockuss, Bullimbal School (NSW);
- Donna Larkin, Hughes Primary School (ACT);
- Lisa Frederick, Good Shepherd Lutheran School (SA);
- Haley Quayle, Everton Primary School (VIC); and
- Kerry Rider, St Margaret’s Anglican Girl’s School (QLD)
To find out more about OfficeMax Australia and this year’s A Day Made Better surprises or the program visit www.adaymadebetter.com.au