After poring over thousands of heart-warming nominations, we’ve narrowed it down to just a handful for you to vote on.

Vote for Australia's Unsung Hero - Leader

  • Alan Hope - Kurri Kurri High School, NSW
  • Damien Webb - St Michael’s Primary School, ACT
  • Margaret Russell - Cairns School of Distance Education, QLD
  • Jemma McClafferty - Balaclava State School, Queensland
  • Nick Weiler - The Knox School, VIC

Vote for Australia's Unsung Hero - Teacher

  • Alan Todd - Brighton Secondary School, SA
  • Karin Harlor - Figtree High School, NSW
  • Fran Musico-Rullo - St Patrick’s College for Girls, NSW
  • Alistair Forge - Simonds Catholic College, VIC
  • Taylor Goodwin - Mount Barker High School, SA

Vote for Australia's Unsung Hero - Support

  • Kate Jones - Lake Tuggeranong College, ACT
  • Stacey Ellice - Orange Anglican Grammar School, NSW
  • Ann Margaret Rose - Northside Christian College, QLD
  • Susan MacLeod - Bentleigh West Primary School, VIC
  • Gaylene Williams - Noosa District State High School - Cooroy Campus

Vote for Australia's Unsung Hero - Technology

  • Jackson Redshaw - Ku-ring-Gai High School, NSW
  • Ian Huisman - Presbyterian Ladies' College Perth, WA
  • Lucas Kokocinski - Braemar College, VIC
  • Christine Mills - Coorparoo State School, QLD
  • Wayne Hewitt - The Geelong College, VIC

Vote for Australia's Unsung Hero - Italian

  • Daniela Maitilasso - Kolbe Catholic College, VIC
  • Floriana Torelli - Cairns State High School, QLD
  • Rosa Sfameni - Hume Anglican Grammar, VIC
  • Maria Capilli - Dapto High School, NSW
  • Vanessa Paciocco - Fitzroy High School, VIC

Vote for Australia's Unsung Hero - Teacher Librarian

  • Natasha Georgiou - Sevenoaks Senior College, WA
  • Jenny Corbin - Whitefriars College, VIC
  • Kate Govier - West Moreton Anglican College, QLD
  • Clare Treloar - Harristown State High School, QLD
  • Vincent Hermann - Brighton Secondary School, SA

Vote for Australia's Unsung Hero - Music

  • David Ashfield - Galen Catholic College Wangaratta, Victoria
  • Geoff Robinson - Dalyellup Primary School, WA
  • Michael Smith - Hume Anglican Grammar
  • Kelly Perger - Cairns School of Distance Education
  • Jason Home - Coober Pedy Area School

Vote for Australia's Unsung Hero - Drama & Media teacher

  • Sarah Crone - Deception Bay State High School, Queensland
  • Hayley Horskins - Valley View Secondary School, SA
  • Bradley Chapman - Saint Stephen's College, QLD
  • Samantha Fletcher - Southport State High Independent Public School
  • Sharon McCutcheon - Batemans Bay High School, NSW

Last year, Judith Woods took out our Teacher category. In the midst of a devastating drought, Woods acted as a ‘guardian angel’ for struggling local kids, keeping premade lunches in the freezer at school and washing clothes for students.

Meanwhile, there was too much water in Trafalgar – specifically in Glenda Mynard’s school library. Mynard, who won in our Teacher-Librarian category, didn’t let wet books dampen her spirits though, and closed out her 41-year-career with characteristic dedication and humility.

Ulladulla High School HSIE head Ben Barry won in our Leadership category. Barry’s dedication to Indigenous education led to him creating a specialised team – boasting 30 members when we last spoke – to tackle the subject. Under his leadership, the number of Indigenous staff members at Ulladulla more than quadrupled.

Our winners in the Technology, Music, Chinese, Italian and Support were no less inspiring – and neither are our shortlisted nominees this year.

Take a minute to read through what must be the strongest field of nominations we’ve ever received and cast your votes.

Happy voting and best of luck to all the nominees!