Coffs Harbour – World Teachers’ Day Awards

Friday 3rd November 2017


Relax and celebrate World Teachers’ Day with your colleagues from schools, preschools, universities and TAFE in the greater Coffs Harbour Area (Macksville to Ballina to Dorrigo to Lismore areas) as they receive Citations to acknowledge their outstanding achievements in education.

Guest Speaker

Mr James Holbeck

James Holbeck is a former Australian Rugby Union player who has an honours degree in psychology. Since finishing his injury ravished career he has worked in many diverse areas such as a television panelist, supermarket manager, university lecturer & researcher, coached and consulted to teams in Australia and Japan. He has worked as a career advisor for professional rugby players and as a sports writer, but currently travels around Australia as a presenter and workshop facilitator in schools, sporting teams and corporate settings.

James’ areas of interest are character, resilience, self-worth, hope and optimism using life experience, stories and interactive skits to bring evidence-based findings to life. He is currently studying a Masters in Family Studies, majoring in Fatherhood, after realising the potential effects of early childhood experiences while working as a Kids Helpline telephone counsellor. More recently he has worked as an ambassador for Youth InSearch, an organisation for at-risk kids.


James’ talk will focus on the foundations of healthy environments where people are able to thrive. Using perspectives taken from his experiences in professional team sport, his research into what makes someone an expert, and the latest studies into families, he desires to provide some insights into what makes people tick and the role educators may play in inspiring hope in their students.

Awardees & Citations

Below is a list of all our World Teachers’ Day awardees. To view their full citation, please click on the awardee’s name.

Name School/Institution
Teresa Carapeto (Outstanding Graduate 2017) Southern Cross University
Julie Streader Ballina Public School
David Neville Bellingen High School
Roslyn Everson Bellingen High School
Alison Lloyd Bilambil Public School
Tracey Ferguson Bambee Public School
Carolyn Jones Bambee Public School
Jannah Locke Bowraville Central School
Sally McPherson Bowraville Central School
Jessamin Frank Casuarina Steiner School
Natasha Heinrich Coffs Harbour High School
Deanne Ion Coffs Harbour High School
Maureen Linsley Coffs Harbour Senior College
Lee Stafford Coffs Harbour Senior College
Melissa Hogan Dorrigo High School
Baden Colliss Evans River K-12 School
Elizabeth Delman Evans River K-12 School
Craig Gillespie Evans River K-12 School
Kim Smith Glenreagh Public School
Michael Hillery Grafton High School
Joanne Mellefont Grafton High School
Lynne Essery Iluka Public School
Joseph Grant Induna School
Debbie Gentle Mullaway Public School


Awardees & Citations

Name School/Institution
Kate Battiston Nambucca Heads Public School
Tasmyn Lessells Nana Glen Public School
Lynette Franklin Orara High School
Rhonda Lewis Orara High School
Mark Guihot Sandy Beach Public School
Audrey Nay Sandy Beach Public School
David Youman South Grafton High School
Greg Armstrong Southern Cross School K-12 – Distance Education
Alan Orchard Southern Cross School K-12 – K-6
Stefanie Kocon Southern Cross University
Stephen Mason Southern Cross University
Dr Angela Turner Southern Cross University
Caroline Rudegger TAFE NSW, Grafton Campus
Adele Sharman TAFE NSW, Grafton Campus
Christina Wales TAFE NSW, Grafton Campus
Wendy Cromack TAFE NSW, Maclean Campus
Bernadette McGowan TAFE NSW, Maclean Campus
Janis Price TAFE NSW, Maclean Campus
Melissa Driscoll The Rivers Secondary College, Kadina High Campus
Debbie Eggins Tiny Treasures Preschool & Long Day Care Centre
Jennifer Bryant Toormina High School
Sally Jayne Johnson Toormina High School
Ian Cook Woolgoolga High School
Fiona Fluechter Woolgoolga High School

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