World Teachers' Day 2019

Perceptions of Teachers and Teaching in Australia 2019

The Monash report — Perceptions of Teachers and Teaching in Australia 2019 (pdf) — has found Australian teachers feel unappreciated and at risk of burnout.

The study used two surveys to compile data: 1) one of Australia’s largest surveys of teachers and 2) a survey of a nationally-representative sample of the public.

Teacher workload and well-being were identified as concerns from both teachers and the public. If not addressed, these will lead to a teacher shortage in Australia.

One of the alarming findings from this study is that 71% of teachers report they don’t feel appreciated, even though 93% of Australians trust teachers to do a good job in the classroom.

70% of Australian teachers do not feel appreciated
89% of Australians see teachers as hardworking

#ThankYourTeacher 2019

Teachers have a massive impact on our lives and communities, yet don’t always feel appreciated. To celebrate and acknowledge the work of teachers, Monash Education partnered with Cathy Freeman and her teacher Bessie Baldry.

"Everybody needs a Mrs Baldry"

Cathy Freeman says her Grade 1 teacher Mrs Baldry was a big reason she became an Olympic champion.

Celebrating the teaching profession

As part of our #ThankYourTeacher campaign, we invited people to visit our interactive displays on Clayton campus and Federation Square in Melbourne, have their photo taken and share it on social media with a message of thanks to their special teacher.

The campaign coincided with World Teacher’s Day in Australia and the launch of the Perceptions of Teachers and Teaching in Australia report.

Celebrating the teaching profession

To celebrate and acknowledge the wonderful work of teachers, we invited people to thank their special teachers who had made a difference in their life.

The response was overwhelming.

Thousands of Australians said "Thank you"

During our "ThankYourTeacher" campaign, many people shared messages of thanks and appreciation via our interactive displays, our website or personal social media channels.

Here are some of their messages.

All my high school teachers for building my confidence. I left high school transformed.

Seshna M

"It's hard to thank only one teacher as I've been lucky to encounter at least 3 teachers who guided me towards becoming who I am today. Thank you to T.L. Kuzmina, Rimma Pavlovna and Dr Boudarina for sharing their passion for language teaching and learning."

Anna Podorova

Mr Brown made me sing in front of the class for the first time ever in primary school and started my passion for music. I still remember all the songs he taught up and can recite them word for word today!

Megan L

Thank You Mr. Witchell for letting me go on the iPads for education.

"I had two committed English teachers who inspired my engagement and immersion in reading literature and writing, which helped me articulate written words, two memorable French teachers who sparked my interest in foreign languages, and a compassionate and insightful art teacher who helped me realise a career in the creative industries was possible! Thanks to these teachers."


Think you teacher

Thank you for giving me wisdom. Thank you for everything and the experiences

Thank you professor Andrew Russell who guided me to research on Gopher Robot and completed my graduation thesis with high distinction back in 1997 ☺️ #ThankYourTeacher

Thanks for giving me wisdom and experience.

"I'd like to thank my music teacher - she allowed me to improvise and play by ear."

Tania W

Pn.Lim Mui Lee , my biology teacher who takes up almost of our class period . She will maybe take 3-6 periods that's mean is 2-3 hours of biology clsss. It may be boring but we gain a lot of knowledge about biology .❤️

"Sue Fisher
Colleague and friend
I love that we are on the same page
I enjoyed our education talks, although infrequent now
Kids Don’t have the benefit of your skill by luck, they have it by design.
You work for the joy of kids achieving."

Rosemary Westwood

Thank you teacher

Thank you Andrew

Thanks Bruce for your care.

Senor Salsedo because he brings fun to the classroom

"Mrs Barbara Craig at Pinewood Primary School 1969
I truly felt I was an individual in a large class, that she knew and understood me as a person and honoured her profession by challenging me. I was inspired and never forgot...and that is why I became a teacher.
PS Our 47 year reunion ( since Grade 6) is this weekend and  Mrs Craig has been to the last few. I truly look forward to talking with her."

Rosemary Westwood

Thanks to Serena, my philosophy teacher at Unipa

"Thank you to Ms Zhao who has always believed in me and my potential when I didn't myself. You've done more for me than you could ever imagine."

Jennifer Li

My high school French teacher, cause she teaches me the importance of travelling the world

I would like to thank Mrs Clarke as she is the nicest teacher I know!

Mr Geise was the my best maths teacher ever

"Dear Dr Jane Southcott, you are often in my thoughts even after nine long years. Thanks for being an amazing mentor."

Hemani Kiran

Hi Miss Jodie thanks for being my teacher. You are very caring and lots of fun

All the teachers that make an effort to get to know all their students!

Lou Walker, my uni lecturer

"Thank you Dr Thanh Pham and  Dr Prasanna Srinivasan for demonstrating how to be an enthusiastic educator when I studied from 2014-2017. Both of you taught me how to be fearless and positive when facing  challenge in  career, thanks to all your encouragement and supports for my planning in research study. I really appreciate it!"

Wei Liu

I love teachers!

"Mr Sharp taught me to look to the past to understand the present and to search for those voices missing in history. He taught me to be curious about the world. These are lessons I still carry close to my heart, nearly 30 years later. I am so grateful."

Lara McKinley

Miss Ty because she was my dance teacher

My favourite teacher was inspiring to me. She loved literacy and shared her gifts in an encouraging way.

Mr Haldane. Inspired creativity and zaniness. Embrace your individuality

My friends are teachers who have provided a life time of service to children in country Victoria.

Ms Enterkin. Be brave.

Mrs. T and Mrs. S thank you for being amazing teachers. May the force be with you! Daniel Vader

"Mr Williams, you nurtured my love of poetry."

Rebecca Fitzgerald

Thank you for all the teachers in my life and making me who I am.

Thank you for helping me when I was stuck on my subjects Mrs Albert

This is a great opportunity to thank my Physics teacher Mr Rharbaoui teaching at my College in French. I loved participating in his class, asking questions, and creating some small electronics inventions. I distinctively remember that one day he said to my father that he deeply believed I’d be very successful in life one day, and it seems that I am nearly there now. Thanks for your passion and for your beautiful soul. I hope you are well and happy with your loved ones. Take care, Guillaume M.

My chemistry teacher inspired me to study chemistry. When I did my PhD 10 years later, she was there!

My physics teacher Rolf was important because he believed in me

Thank you Ms Jebb for being kind, inspiring and always looking after us. Go Gen! #ThankYourTeacher

"Thank you to my English teacher who taught me to speak English as a second language. I still remember her making me practice my P's and T's in front of a candle, so that the flame would flicker. She encouraged me to keep improving my English, and not to stop at being 'average'."

Tania Webster

My mum and dad, they were the best teachers to me and still are to many others .

They teach life skills

I thank miss Katrina cuz she was the best teacher I had in uni so far

To all the amazing educators at Monash Education who inspire future teachers.

Seshna M

Teachers are awesome

My VCE teachers, who went above and beyond for me during my last few years of study, inspired me to go into teaching,

Kais favourite teacher is Andrew, Kai loves it when he reads books in class

Thank you for supporting me all the time.

Thank you for helping me in math and writing

Thanks Mr. Hill!


We’re both teachers, so I know we’d like to thank our awesome colleagues who do amazing work with their students and supporting us in our work.


"My mentor teacher Abbey helped me become a better teacher by encouraging me to find my own identity and allowed me to establish her classroom as my own. Abbey helped me find tools and resources for teaching, however how I implemented them was within my control, giving me support and independence in my teaching practice. Abbey also completed professional development meetings with me, and rather than just observing, prompted me to participate as though I was a teacher at the school, allowing me to build conversation with other teachers about what I was implementing in 'my' classroom, which allowed me to build on my teaching practice and learn from a broad range of teachers in my professional development."


A big thank you to @chisholminstitute and a fav former teacher turned Senior Educator @StevenCahill. You played a significant role in my learning which formed the catalyst for life success and everything I value today. #ThankYourTeacher @MonashEducation

Ms Lau bcos she taught me a lot!

Our rowing coach Gareth, because he is amazing

We love Mr Wong our amazing Latin teacher who is alway energetic. And motivated to help students and help us achieve Latin supremacy

I like my teacher mrs Johnson because she is really nice 😁😁😛

Thank you for always believing in me!

Thank you to all teachers!

"Adam creates a really positive teaching environment for all students. For different groups of students, he will use different ways to communicate with them. There are also many teaching strategies, I would like to imitate in my future career."


Thanks to all the teachers in our family for the awesome work you do.

Teachers are awesome!! They teach all other professions...!

Mr Liu, thanks for your care

Thanks great appreciate to our teacher

To JACK , Thank you for a super memorable class.

Although I do not have a positive reflection on any particular teachers in my school years I would like to thank Mrs Lyn Henshall who was a wonderful educator and helped one of my three daughters in particular through navigating her high school years with humour and good advice. I don’t remember my commercial teachers name but I should thank her for teaching me to type, who would have thought it would prove to be so helpful!

"My mentor teacher Anastasia is a very passionate professional. After decades of service in the education sector, she has not only accumulated a wealth of teaching strategies, she is highly empathic. This has given me tremendous hope."


Thank your teacher

Thanks all of my great teachers

Although I am in technology but my favourite was a humanities teacher. He opened up my mind. He had a great sense of humour. I still remember vividly his memories.. .....

Great teachers make great lives better

Teacher have so much to give to the community and assistant teachers have just the same. Let them teach your students and make the future better. I am a German teacher from the USA and I wish that more people would find teaching wonderful and pertinent to students but the US public doesn’t feel that way nor, do they know how to make it better. Takes care and have a good day.

Sally Howdy

"I learnt from Louise to be open and receptive to learning new and creative approaches from your colleagues and to be collaborative in my approach to teaching."


Thank you to my special mum, the best teacher of them all

Celebrating teachers all over Australia

Marilyn F

Peter Taylor was my secondary science teacher who helped me appreciate that learning is something students do, by walking out on us when we didn’t make the effort! Thanks Peter.

Scott W

My first 4 classes junior school teacher,taught me love for literature and kindness

Every single one of my teachers inspired me to become an educator and I am grateful for the role they all played in my life and education 😊❤️

Tnx all loving STAFF

Our daughter Kimberley is a fantastic and well-loved teacher !

"Watching Wilko build a relationship with his kids and seeing his passion for teaching were two of many qualities that I took away from my placement."


My Business Management teacher has sparked my interest in studying education and commerce in uni.

I can’t be here without the inspiration of my secondary teacher, Ms Leong

2 daughters are primary school teachers!

Because we would be lost without them

My English teacher from USA

Teacher is an integral part of our life. What we are because of them. I feel proud to have wonderful teachers who contributed their efforts and time for us.

"Angela has taught me to be fearless; I tend to become doubtful with my teaching when students don't co-operate with me or when I don't understand how to answer their question(s). However, Angela taught me that in the end we're all humans, and that students actually appreciate you as a teacher if you are honest with them. I found this advice very valuable."


Mr Van Cuylenberg was my science teacher who praised the virtue of consistency over sporadic excellence

Mrs Barton is the best

Thank you so much to all the wonderful teachers at MPRPS, what lucky kids ☺️

Thank you

Ms Kirkpatrick inspired me beyond words

Marina Diraki

My teacher is a great role model and can always help me even when I’m too embarrassed to ask. They dedicate ether time to help me have a great future.

Mr Cox because he tailerd my courses to suit my interests in electronics

My geography teacher was amazing! He was always approachable and gave sound advice

Mrs. Carlos because she always made me feel cared for.

My teacher made me feel happy!

Miss Weian is my favourite teacher

Maddy is magical

"Br Bart Dillon at St Joseph's Christian Brother's College in Abbotsford introduced me to mathematics, particularly trigonometry and calculus. He instilled a love for mathematics, that I still have today. He is no longer with us, but I will always be grateful to him for creating that spark. Thanks Br Dillon."

Bosco Rowland

Mr Hardie is great and he makes me laugh.

Mr. Essing is a great teacher because he tells funny stories and he makes me feel special.

I loved the teacher who did this job by heart. I will always remember my mentor in professional experience time, heike jung. She has already passed. So sad a great teacher like her.

Greetings from Australia to the ph Karlsruhe 😄, Martina schorb

Sometimes it’s hard a job and I feel undervalued, but I love making people happy😄

Thank u

"Aaron has really impacted my teaching by connecting theory and practical within the classroom. He has allowed me to develop excellent classroom management strategies and really put into perspective that teaching and learning is more than just content delivery and should be viewed as an ongoing process of professional development."


My teacher was important because they taught me valuable life lessons.

My favourite teacher is Chandra. Despite his age, he is really a nice teacher

Thank you all my lovely, passionate and wise teachers from primary, secondary & high school, until PhD degree, in Finland! Without you I would not be here in Australia!

Mr.FERNANDES, He taught me about life.

Thank you

Teachers.. They are the ones who helped me to get this far and to get success.

"Angela has taught me to be fearless; I tend to become doubtful with my teaching when students don't co-operate with me or when I don't understand how to answer their question(s). However, Angela taught me that in the end we're all humans, and that students actually appreciate you as a teacher if you are honest with them. I found this advice very valuable."


Peter H my favourite Librarian

Sarah because she was a great art teacher

Myrna McAllen was an inspiring teacher mentor to me.

Miss Dungan put me on the path Thankyou!

Every teacher I’ve met gives something special to students. Teachers you are awesome!

Lars Petter always saw me in school

Stein Tornquist always made me laugh

"Thank you to two current teachers in my life they are Jane Southcott and Maria Gindidis. They are two extremely powerful, intelligent women who have different personalities but share a love of education. They empower me with the belief that anything is possible if you want to affect change in your life."

Rose Wake

My professor Richard Pring taught me to write much better and do philosophy. Every sentence counts - absolutely no ‘fluff’ !

Scott W

Teachers help us grow into the people we are today! Thank you!

Inspiring maths teacher changed my life

Teachers are hard working and not appreciated of what they deserve keep up the good work

Thanks a lot for your contribution.

Mrs year 3&4 teacher many years ago

Miss Harrison because she lets us have free play

"I am deeply grateful to all the teachers in the Education faculty of Monash. The experience studying here was unforgettable and it reminds me the true meaning of teachers and how a good teacher should be. Sadly, I was not able to attend the graduation ceremony. I miss Mel so much, hope I can come back later"

Sharon Yuan

Because they teach us so we become better people and safer people

I’ve always wanted to be a sport superstar and my sport teacher has let me pursuit my dream

Mrs. Wood helps me to be better

Miss O'Toole is cool

Dear teacher thank you for teaching me love from Aarshy

Howard Reade at Osborne primary was a totally inspirational man and gentleman

"Thank you Miss Davis, Principal  at St Catherines School, for teaching us about two important life skills; humility and perseverance."

Allana Young

Miss Brodie

Miss de .because she taught me about time tables

Missing my time at Monash. Love for all my Teachers.

Leigh and Denise for the passionate and inspirational lessons where your passion really shines #chooseeducation

Thank you for your wonderful job

My English teacher is important to me as she understands the different levels at which the class operates

"At Caulfield State School 773, Mr Richards a wonderful friendly teacher.
At Gardenvale Central School, Mrs Southern
At Melbourne High School; Mr David Nixen, Mr Brian Corless, Mr Ben Munday ( most amazing teacher )
All outstanding and some legendary and all highly likely to be deceased"

Henrie Ellis

Thank you Mrs Chan for this year.

A big Thank you to give me a great learning experience.

Ms Quigley! She instilled in me a sense of passion, drive and care for others. Thanks for believing in me when it was hard to believe in myself.

Ms Roper, for being an awesome English teacher!

Mr Mason for giving me the confidence to be a teacher too

Misti-Jai Brydon

All the teachers in the world who teach the future generation.


"I would like to thank a teacher that inspired me to become a teacher.Her name is Rita Van-Haren.She was my English teacher at High School.She also became my Mentor while at University.She gave me a love of learning!"

Shellie Testaz

Ms. Bartlett, thank you for making Humanities so fun!


Mr Williams helped me through a difficult period of my life and was amazingly patient and caring

Rebecca Fitzgerald

I am thankful for Ms Wight because she helped to guide me through school


Ms Dunn she pushed me to be more

Anita Synnott

"I want to thank my mentor, Professor Louis Waller AO, who sadly passed away this year. Louis inspired countless Law students with his razor-sharp intelligence, passion for justice and empathy for the world at large."

Rachel Kessel

Mr Smith - for keeping the classroom light and fun in times of stress


Steven Bowler, for making english language a more bearable subject.

Taha Samani

"A huge shout out to all teachers (and don't forget all the dedicated school support staff too). You work in the most important profession in the world and you do make a difference in the lives of so many children. I taught for 42 years and loved every minute. Keep up the great work."

Ray Robertson

"Dear Mrs Pegg,
Thank you for making such a difference in my life. I was in hospital for a full term at Brompton Primary School in South Australia so missed a lot of school. Once I was well enough to return to school, Mrs Pegg spent every lunch time with me, helping me to catch up. I will never forget her kindness and her way of teaching inspired me to become a teacher too."

Elaine P

Psychology teacher who always put her students first.


Ms Mcdonald as she was very supportive and made learning enjoyable


Mrs Joyce as she made learning fun for me and supported me through year 11 english


Mrs Rollinson because she has made psychology so enjoyable


Sr Genieve - Best Maths teacher ever

Venesser Fernandes

Dee-sensei is a great teacher because she comforts and gives a lot of advice to her students. She is someone I can talk to on a personal level.


"Thank you Sister Genevieve at Loreto 1987, for passing on valuable life lessons in Year 12 Biology:
“ girls as you are in year 12 now be sure to stay away from boys and germs’! Words to live by"

Samantha Lipscombe

Ms John as she helped me develop my English skills


"Thank you to the English and Geography teachers at Moreland High School in 1967. I had become disillusioned with school but those fantastic teachers found ways to get me re-engaged and finish my Matric with Honours. I will never forget their understanding and kindness - even though at times it was tough love - it worked!"

Elaine P

Mrs Procel as she helped me understand the importance of evidence and textual analysis


Mrs Blair for Yr 12 English


My year 12 french teacher inspired me to become a teacher


My Year 12 English teacher was the reason that I chose to become a teacher. Thank you Miss Palm!

Dafina Spahiu

My politics teacher Ms Mattheson because she is so passionate and smart


"Mr R Kennett who taught Carrum Primary School . He started the rugby run with animals , sheep, bird aviary on school grounds, He taught us poetry, played music in class, we read out side under the trees on the oval, helped and nurture animals . I had the best grade 5 Teacher. He taught me to believe in myself and enjoy what challenges could bring to you.
I wish everybody had a teacher like him. He always agave a 110% .Always went above and beyond to help you out when you had troubles.  Even in high schoo, he had time for me.
Thank you so much
Mr Kennett."

Leanne Isaac

My high school English teacher, Ms Tintin! She taught me to think for myself and be proud of my ideas.

Lirio Mapa

Thanks to my teacher Mr Kamwaza for believing in me


Mrs Shields. She was my grade 4 teacher and taught us pig latin which was our “secret language.”

Grace Lin

"Let's remember to thank our university teachers, too! Professor John Loughran at Monash inspired me to  see good teaching for the sophisticated and complex endeavour that it is and to encourage others to do the same. THANK YOU JOHN!"

Amanda Berry

Wendy Sheppard who inspired me to teach


primary math teacher/tuition teacher, taught me how to enjoy learning and had me tutor younger kids at the age of 11 which was really fun

ann cheah

Dr Sarah Hopkins


"The teacher that I most respect is a lecturer I had throughout my undergraduate years at Monash. Dr Andrew Prentice was an inspirational teacher. He had an effective way of imparting his message, was passionate about mathematics and used humour effectively. In a large often anonymous community such as Monash he displayed compassion and empathy when my father passed away. He often joined our group at the Nott. After 40 years of mathematics teaching I have modelled my pedagogy on his teaching style. He was a real inspiration!!"

Mark Rolfe

My grade 3 teacher, kind and patience

Trinh giang

"Shirley Smith/Buckley the very best educator with a marvellous career that spanned many decades starting at St Joseph’s Chelsea Thank you,"

Dawn Carroll

Thanks Mr Yan for teaching me history in high school.


Thank Dr Matafwali


"Mr Fishwick - Thanks for watching out for me...

Bayles PS"

Adrian DelVecchio

"I would like to thank Hayden Ramsay for being an inspirational lecturer, a good friend and most of all one of the most genuine people I've met. Hayden's example of honesty, even brutal at times, was key in convincing me that he was inspired himself. I was thus more inclined to apply the truth of his lectures to my own life and tough decisions I had to make and life changed for me in the most remarkable way...not where everyone else wanted me to go, but right where I needed to be. I thank you Hayden and so does my precious family."

Kieran Meade

"We are so lucky at Somers Primary School to have such amazing teachers. We have loved having Ms. Hampshire and Ms. Wesley and look forward to a great year ahead again with Ms. Wesley and welcome Ms. Buddle. Teachers are so special when they really connect with your child and help make their schooling life a happy and safe place to be. Also, with a great teacher your child's learning and development blossoms, they are aware of the principles of kindness and respect and they turn into confident little souls that will make the world a better place. We feel so fortunate and appreciative to have such wonderful teachers and role models for our girls at our local school and we feel very comfortable leaving our children in their very capable hands. #ThankYourTeacher,
Lisa & Mark"

Lisa and Mark

"George Menteplay was just the best - in a one teacher school (Kenmare, Victoria, 1953).  He went out of his way to guide a Dutch speaking immigrant pupil to learn English.

Miss Queen at the Tobruk Street primary school in Morwell, Victoria, 1954......what can I say; I was in love with her.

My parents later enrolled me at the Sacred Heart Catholic primary school, also in Morwell.  Mostly negative memories, except for the strikingly beautiful Sister Loretto, and a memorably kind postulant, Sister Peter.

I attended St. Paul's College, Traralgon , in 1960 and 1961.  The priests there were kind and fair.  Father Hill was smitten by his memories as a chaplain in post war Japan, A very young Father Busby so often comes to mind because of his stories regarding Napier, New Zealand; his Marist Seminary there is in view of the home of a friend whom years later I visited for decades

The rest of my secondary  school education was at Morwell High.  Teachers of especial memory to me included Ian Fry (English), Prosper Pickburn (French), Cliff Peters (Art), and William Traill (Geography).  I value them all, to this day.

Hoping my memories of the teachers that were part of my life can be of value to your survey , I'll sign off........."

Stan Osmelak

"Thank you very much Mr.Zhang (Primary Chinese teacher)

My life was supposed to drop out of school, then go to another city to make hard money and send them back to family, then accept a arranged marriage with a good guy who lived in nearby village.

Yet, I luckily built confidence and was encourage by Mr.Zhang that I could be a top student regardless of my gender or family background.

Then, my life turned to be educated in elite middle schools, then Top universities in China, then I received higher euducaton abroad in Monash Uni.

As my mum always said, the best life she expected I could have may just receive college, it is like a dream that I could manage to study abroad.

I did it if there was no encouragement from my first teacher- Mr. Zhang. It was him who showed me that there would be bigger world for anybody as long as u fight for it.

Later years, i happene to him on the market that he was selling vegetables with his wife coz actually he was just casual employed teacher and had no teaching qualifications. So he was fired by school due to the new policy at that time. (Which was proved unfair later).

He actually already forgot me and had no idea what he brought to me.

Once I settle down, my mum and I will plan to say thank you in person to him. I wana do something for him too.

Most important things is he teaches me what a good teacher should be for the students- believe these kids’ talent and inspire them.

Thank you again!"

Dongzhi Wu