Annual Awards

Leader of the Year Award

2011 saw the formal relationship with the Australian Council for Computers (ACCE) formalised and for the first time ICTENSW, as a new entity, created a process to establish a NSW ICT Leader of the Year award. The ICTENSW Leader of the Year may be nominated to ACCE to be considered for the national Leader of the Year award.

This award acknowledges the work of educational leaders and innovators. Typically the person will be a leader / mentor / advisor to a school or broader educational community group. It recognises significant advocacy, support and promotion of the use of ICT in education.

Candidates will have a distinguished career and proven inspirational achievement in leading the ICT in Education community. Some specifics include:

  • Significant positive impact on technology use in education; locally, regionally, state wide, nationally, worldwide.
  • Efforts to involve the community in the initiative or program to facilitate partnerships with business and/or legislative initiations to advance the use of technology in education.
  • Works tirelessly to genuinely improve the quality of education.
  • Integrates deliberate planning in an effort to improve education through the use of technology.

Leader of the Year Award Winner 

2019 Russell Cairns & Karl Easton

2018 Meredith Ebbs

2017 Nicky Ringland & Renee Noble

2016 Kelly Bauer

2015 Corrine Campbell

2014 Matt Esterman 

2013 Dr James Curran

Educator of the Year Award

2011 saw the formal relationship with the Australian Council for Computers (ACCE) formalised and for the first time ICTENSW, as a new entity, created a process to establish a NSW ICT Educator of the Year award. The ICTENSW Educator of the Year may be nominated to ACCE to be considered for the national Educator of the Year award.

This award recognises the importance of the work of teachers who are promoting, facilitating and using Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in their school every day. The person is respected as a leader and innovator both internal and external to their own institution.

Educator of the Year Award Winner

2019 Patricia Cazouris 

2018 Simon Harper

2017 Karen Binns

2016 Abi Woldhuis

2015 Chris Woldhuis

2014 Amanda Hogan

2012 Chris Betcher

Young Educator of the Year Award

In 2015, ICTENSW introduced the Young Educator of the year award, to encourage and promote young teachers doing exceptional things within their classrooms using ICT.

This award recognises the importance of the work of young teachers who are promoting, facilitating and using Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in their school or community every day. The person is respected as a leader and innovator both internal and external to their own institution.

Young Educator of the Year Winner

2017 Lina Ponto

2016 Kathleen O'Rourke

2015 Nick Biddle

ISTE Making IT Happen Award

The ISTE endorsed Making IT Happen award honors visionary educators and leaders who cultivate connected and empowered learners. It recognises members who have given outstanding service or made a significant contribution to their association. Since its inception in 1995 more than 700 educators from around the world have received this award.



ISTE and its affiliates present Making IT Happen awards at their annual conferences. Each awarding organisation chooses its winner(s) internally. There is no nomination process.

Making it Happen Winner

2018 Leanne Cameron

2016 Karen Binns

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