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.

Bank First Aspiring Teacher Awards

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

The recipients of the 2 Bank First Aspiring Teachers Awards are the highest performing students from the previous year in the Bachelor of Education (Honours), and the Master of Teaching.

Bank First also contribute annually to the Peter Fensham Scholarship.

  • 2022 winners:
    • Undergraduate: Noah Scanlon
    • Postgraduate: Carolyn Gekas
  • 2021 winners:
    • Undergraduate: Vanessa Khvorostin
    • Postgraduate: Alison Orman
  • 2020 winners:
    • Undergraduate: Blake Cutler
    • Postgraduate: Melissa Macrae
    • Graduate Certificate of STEM Education: Jane Hubbard
  • 2019 winners:
    • Undergraduate: Blake Cutler
    • Postgraduate: Ingrid Kertesi
    • Graduate Certificate of STEM Education: Nathan Taylor

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.

  • 2022 winner: Sarah Weiss
  • 2021 winner: Vanessa Khvorostin
  • 2020 winner: Claudia Shute
  • 2019 winner: Sarah Kounaves

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.

  • 2022 winner: Sarah Salem
  • 2021 winner: Imogen Santamaria
  • 2020 winner: Jessica Walker
  • 2019 winner: Kayla Donovan

Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) Tertiary Award

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

  • 2022 winner: Jason McManus
  • 2021 winner: Jenette Penn
  • 2020 winner: Tahnee Curtain
  • 2019 winners: Adriana Box and Anthony Jackson

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.

  • 2022 winner: Stephanie Dimitriou
  • 2021 winner: Meghan D'Souza
  • 2020 winner: Hayley Robinson
  • 2019 winner: Kathryn Elliott

The Potter Family 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 and his family are passionate advocates 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.

  • 2022 winners: Erin Hopkins and Tara Sheridan
  • 2021 winners: Anna Gibson and Marcelle El-Hage
  • 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.

  • 2022 winner: Tanya Rao
  • 2021 winner: Emily Wong
  • 2020 winner: Ashley Fitzpatrick

Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) Outstanding Graduate Prize

PACFA is a leading national peak body and professional association for counsellors and psychotherapists in Australia. Their mission is to represent the profession to communities and government, and to develop the evidence-base for counselling and psychotherapy.
The award aims to recognise and promote excellence in the field of counselling and psychotherapy.

  • 2022 winner: Mellisa Clark
  • 2021 winner: Alexandra Bohnen
  • 2020 winner: James Hossack
  • 2019 winner: Sascha Rixon

The Association of Graduates in Early Childhood Education Studies (AGECS) Academic Award

These awards have been kindly donated by the Association of Graduates in Early Childhood Studies and recognises outstanding performance in early childhood education studies. The recipients of the Association of Graduates in Early Childhood Studies Awards are students identified by Monash Education for their strong academic completions in postgraduate and undergraduate studies during the previous year.

  • 2022 winners: Simeng Wang, Samantha Xin Hui Tan, Smita Punamiya, Maximilian Pfitzner and Laila Maerschner Pontes Newman
  • 2021 winners: Chloe Smith and Catherine Tulloh

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.