Hazel Glen College teacher wins state award

From left, Hazel Glen College physical education teacher Mitch Crowley, principal Anthony Stockman and Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green celebrate Mr Crowley’s win at last week’s Victorian Education Excellence Awards.

A DOREEN school teacher has been honoured as one of the state’s top educators at this year’s Victorian Education Excellence Awards.

Hazel Glen College’s Mitch Crowley was named winner of the Excellence in Physical Education and Activity – Secondary award during the live-streamed ceremony last week.

The awards recognise inspirational teachers, principals and education support staff who improve schools and support children and young people.

As the physical education teacher and head of sport at Hazel Glen College, Mr Crowley said he had applied a range of innovative and high-impact teaching strategies designed to engage his students and build team development, regardless of the sport or activity.

Mr Crowley increased the physical education participation of Hazel Glen’s large demographic of students and developed a range of physical activities and events in the curriculum, including new teams for chess and mountain biking, as well as an elective in personal training.

He also established a successful Athlete Development Academy at the school to provide opportunities for talented student athletes within their focus sport, better preparing them for success at an elite level.

Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green said Mr Crowley showcased an innovative and effective approach to education.

“Mitch Crowley is leading the way when it comes to improving education outcomes for students from Hazel Glen College and is thoroughly deserving of this prestigious honour,” she said.

Education minister James Merlino said the awards recognised the outstanding contributions of teachers like Mr Crowley.

“We are building the ‘Education State’, where every student can access a great local school and get a great education. This includes having great teachers at the forefront of our classrooms to help young people thrive,” he said.

Five individual awards, six team awards and three specialist awards were presented during last week’s ceremony, with winners chosen from a shortlist of 41 finalists

The live-streamed event, co-hosted by The Project’s Gorgi Coghlan, included live crosses to the 41 finalists.

More information about the awards and winners is available at www.education.vic.gov.au/veea.