Vote for Australia's Unsung Hero - Technology

After receiving hundreds of entries in our Unsung Heroes competition, it was incredibly hard to whittle the list of worthy recipients down to just five. Now it's your turn to decide. Which one of the five shortlisted educators in a technology role below do you believe to be Australia's most deserving Unsung Hero? (Please note: Voting closes at 17:00 AEST on December 9, 2019.)



Here are this year’s final nominees:

Jackson Redshaw

Ku-ring-Gai High School,. NSW

Nominated by Carly Jelfs 

Nothing is ever too much to ask. Without fuss or complaint, Jackson is leading the students of our school in entertainment support for all major school events, whole school assemblies and performances. 

After each whole school sporting event (cross-country. Swimming and athletics), Jackson puts together a video showcasing the highlights of the day. But this is no ordinary video - he even has actors and voice over artists. It needs to be seen to believed. 

Jackson is a young teacher in the profession and already has proven himself to be so much more than a teacher. He runs the school social media forums and school website where he spends hours of his time editing photos, videos and writing blurbs to promote our school and showcase the wonderful work of everyone that works there. 

Jackson truely deserves this recognition as he is without a doubt the unsung hero of our school. 


Ian Huisman

Presbyterian Ladies' College Perth, WA

Nominated by Angelica Franco

Ian is the lead 1degree coach, and he is directly involved in a variety of support tasks within the Information and Learning Technology program at PLC. He works with all members of the College community to ensure inclusive and equitable access to technology, in a safe online environment, supporting staff and students in their mastery of 21st Century skills. Because of his amazing skills and smooth transition between systems, most people do not realise the great extent of his work and the positive impact that this has on our everyday interactions with technology; which makes his work most of the time go unnoticed by many.


Lucas Kokocinski 

Braemar College, VIC

Nominated by Margaret B Healy

Lucas Kokocinski definitely deserves an award as he took over the role of Head of IT mid year.  The transition went smoothly and there were no hiccoughs as Lucas is able to deal with all questions related to technology with a sense of humour and patience.  Lucas can communicate well and in his role, this is just so important.  He can talk  with our principal or a young child with ease and grace.  Lucas is always polite and he "makes time" even if he is busy to help us all, on both campuses. Lucas Kokocinski is never boastful nor arrogant and works well in his team in a highly professional manner. Lucas is willing to go the "extra mile" and is willing to share his knowledge in a quiet, supportive manner. He does not seek the limelight and is happy to support us all in whatever capacity he can whether it be in the classroom, Assemblies or any other school function. Lucas Kokocinski is respectful of people of all ages and treats each person with dignity. I do hope that he wins an award!


Christine Mills

Coorparoo State School, QLD

Nominated by Sophie Jackson

Christine is an inspirational digital technology teacher whose passion motivates all around her. Her drive to upskill teachers and students in technology has moved our school community forwards in leaps and bounds. Her ability to see the big picture in planning means that units of work are becoming integrated and far more hands-on for our students. She is always there to mentor, coach and motivate. She works tirelessly before and after school to make sure that teachers and students are receiving best practice education.


Wayne Hewitt

The Geelong College, VIC

Nominated by Tracey Bromley

Wayne Hewitt is our IT Systems Knowledge Manager who has an exceptional commitment improving our school's parent community communication preferences. Wayne recognises the need for our school to adjust to the new digital environment that our Millennial parents grew up and are living in and has implemented new engagement strategies.  Wayne is always happy and keen to listen to suggestions from both colleagues and our parent community to streamline timely and cumbersome paperfiling tasks such as enrolments and interview bookings and move them to online allowing our parents to access and complete these tasks from a variety of devices. Wayne is always keen to work over and beyond his capacities to work with colleagues to help streamline processes and free up valuable time within departments.  He does this with a big smile and heart and he is definitely the unsung hero of our wonderful school.

Prize details:


At Corwin, we have one objective: To help educators make the greatest impact on teaching and learning. We offer a host of professional learning services to support school based, system wide, regional and state wide improvement priorities. These services come in a variety of modalities - they are research informed, innovative and are tangible approaches to professional learning solutions with a relentless focus on improving student learning. 

A $500 Booktopia gift voucher prize for the winner, thanks to Corwin.

Grok Learning

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A $516.53 prize pack from Grok Learning:

Total prize value: $1016.53