Our prize partners

The Faculty of Education is proud to be able to offer awards to students and alumni each year, with the support of our valued prize donors.

The Peter McRae Meyer Primary Teaching Prize

The Peter McRae Meyer Primary Teaching Prize has been generously donated by the Meyer Family. An annual prize for an inspiring and effective first year teacher and recent graduate of Monash Education. This prize has been conceived to honour the memory of Peter McRae Meyer who was dedicated to excellent teaching practice throughout his career. This award is selected by a panel of staff from the Faculty of Education, for a recent Monash Education graduate in their first year of primary teaching, who demonstrates engaging and high impact classroom practice and a love for teaching in Australia.

  • 2019 winner: Sarah Kounaves
  • 2020 winner: Claudia Shute

The Kohli Award

The Kohli Award has been generously donated by the Kohli family.

Paramjit Kohli was amazed at the care, wealth of knowledge and passion for social justice that was instilled in his granddaughter Stephanie during her time at Monash, something he dearly valued. Stephanie lost her father Michael Shave (Paramjit's son) in 2011, in her first year of study at Monash University and the Kohli award was set up in honour of him. Paramjit Kohli passed away in 2016, and Stephanie’s grand-mother Barbara Kohli passed away in March 2018 - this award now honours the three of them.

The recipient of this award is identified by a panel of staff from the Faculty of Education for excellent contributions to study and community engagement.

  • 2019 winner: Kayla Donovan
  • 2020 winner: Jessica Walker

Bank First Aspiring Teacher Awards

Bank First (formerly known as Victorian Teachers Mutual Bank) have long been very generous supporters of Monash Education.

The recipients of the 3 Bank First Aspiring Teachers Awards are students identified by Monash Education as the highest performing student from the previous year in an undergraduate teacher education course (from across all UG specialisations), a postgraduate teacher education course (from across all Master of Teaching specialisations), and the Graduate Certificate of STEM Education.

Bank First also contribute annually to the Peter Fensham Scholarship.

  • 2019 winners:
    • Undergraduate: Blake Cutler
    • Postgraduate: Ingrid Kertesi
    • Graduate Certificate of STEM Education: Nathan Taylor
  • 2020 winners:
    • Undergraduate: Blake Cutler
    • Postgraduate: Melissa Macrae
    • Graduate Certificate of STEM Education: Jane Hubbard

Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) Tertiary Award

This award is generously offered by ACEL. It aims to recognise and promote excellence in leadership.

  • 2019 winner(s): Adriana Box and Anthony Jackson
  • 2020 winner: Tahnee Curtain

Drama Victoria Pre-Service Teacher Excellence Award

This award is generously offered by Drama Victoria. It aims to recognise and promote excellence in the field of Drama education.

  • 2019 winner: Kathryn Elliott
  • 2020 winner: Hayley Robinson

Geoff Potter and family: CPBS Award for Excellence in Applied Behaviour Analysis

This annual award recognises the outstanding achievements of two recent graduates of Monash Education’s Master of Applied Behaviour Analysis course. This prize has been kindly donated by Dr Geoff Potter, Clinical Director at the Centre for Positive Behaviour Support and a 2018 graduate of Monash's Master of Education in Applied Behaviour Analysis course. Geoff is a passionate advocate for the ongoing growth and development of Applied Behaviour Analysis in Australia. The award will go to two recent high achieving Monash Education graduates from the Applied Behaviour Analysis course who have made demonstrable contributions to the field.

  • 2020 winners: Karen Wong and Tyrone Smoger

Margaret Gill: Victorian Association for the Teaching of English Award

The Victorian Association for the Teaching of English is a professional body established to promote the interests of English education and to allow English educators in Victoria to exchange ideas. Margaret Gill, a former member of Monash Education is a legendary figure among English teachers and her influence reverberates long after her retirement. She served as presidents of both the Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE) and the International Federation for the Teaching of English (IFTE). Margaret has also edited the national journal English in Australia.

The award aims to recognise and promote excellence in the area of English curriculum studies.

  • 2020 winner: Ashley Fitzpatrick

If you are interested in donating a prize to recognise a high performing student or alumni of Monash Education, please contact edu-alumni@monash.edu.