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Australian Council for Educational Leaders Tasmania Branch (ACEL)

Australian Council for Educational Leaders Tasmania Branch honours educational leaders who, in the view of their colleagues, have made a significant contribution to the understanding and practices of the teaching profession and educational leadership.

Award recipients work for students in the state system, Catholic and independent schools, professional associations, university teacher education faculties and supporting organisations.

Congratulations to the following recipients who are from Catholic Education Tasmania. Their contributions towards education in Tasmania have been acknowledged.

Recipients were presented with awards at the TAS Awards Celebration function amongst colleagues, family and friends.


  • Screen_Shot_2022_09_09_at_9.36.40_am.pngDonna Bucher - Catholic Education Tasmania

Donna Bucher is an outstanding educator and leader who has worked for most of her career in Catholic Education in Tasmania (CET). She has been an active member of ACEL for at least 12 years supporting local and national events and conferences. In her leadership role in CET she has regularly promoted ACEL events and resources and has advocated for the TCEO Teaching and Learning team to engage with professional learning and networks via ACEL. 



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    Rachel Hankey - Sacred Heart Primary School, Ulverstone

Rachel Hankey has already taken on a leadership role at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School in Ulverstone despite only being in her 3rd year of teaching. Already she is recognised as an excellent practitioner in the classroom. Her teaching practice demonstrates quality teaching strategies which cater for the needs of all children within the classroom and is underpinned by great planning, which is informed by data. She engages extremely well with students, parents and external stakeholders to improve the learning outcomes of her students.


  • Haylee Rowe- Sacred Heart Primary School, Ulverstone

Haylee Rowe is in her third year of teaching and has spent those years at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School in Ulverstone. This year Haylee was appointed as Grade 3-6 Team Leader. Haylee has significantly developed her skills in leading throughout the year. She takes on board feedback as to how her leadership can improve and asks questions when she is unsure. This is an area where Haylee has demonstrated considerable growth both in confidence and skill. She is a dedicated and highly skilled early career practitioner and has shown growth in her leadership skills.



  • Jane Doyle - Dominic College, Glenorchy

Jane Doyle is a K-2 teacher who not only understands excellence in classroom teaching and learning but throughout her career has set her mind and heart on how to achieve best outcomes with the students entrusted into her care.

She is committed to all students reaching their full potential and is respected by both teaching colleagues and parents as a literacy champion. As K-2 Coordinator of Teaching & Learning and a member of the K-10 Teaching and Learning Team at Dominic, Jane has been integral to developing and presenting teacher professional learning in whole school writing, reading and pedagogical practice initiatives.


  • Danielle Newman - St Finn Barr’s Primary School, Launceston

Danielle Newman is currently the Early Years Leader at St Finn Barr’s Catholic Primary school in Launceston, a role which she took on in 2019. This role was introduced at St Finn Barr’s to support the school on their journey to open an Early Learning Centre in partnership with Catholic Care.

In a shared space, LUDO and Kindergarten operated under the guidance of Danielle. Danielle worked to ensure the staff in the Centre and Kindergarten were well resourced and supported them throughout 2020 in their Professional Development. Danielle worked with the LUDO staff and the Kindergarten staff to ensure that the National Quality Framework and Standards were met and that a suitable Quality Improvement Plan was written and used as a working document to guide their practice throughout the year.



  • Frank Pisano - St Brendan-Shaw College, Devonport

Frank Pisano commenced as Principal of St Brendan Shaw College (SBSC), Devonport in 2010 and his outstanding leadership has seen the transformation of SBSC.

Reshaping culture around student learning has been one of Frank’s achievements which is widely acknowledged. His emphasis on student achievement brought about different attitudes and capacities in students. This along with professional development to authentically change pedagogy has kept school improvement in focus.

Frank has driven deep change in the school-wide integration of technology, introducing an affordable student device framework, classroom technology upgrades and a new and dynamic learning platform. His vision for ICT remains a focus of excellence at the College.

  • Louise Bender - St Mary’s College, Hobart

Louise Bender has demonstrated both excellence and innovation in senior and executive school leadership roles for over 12 years in Tasmania and Queensland. She is currently Catholic Education Tasmania (CET) ’s Southern School representative on the Years 9-12 Teaching Advisory Group and a member of the ACEL Branch executive. Louise has made significant contributions to the professional learning of others by leading teacher reflection and application of the AITSL standards, developing school Learning Frameworks built on contemporary pedagogical research, leading curriculum mapping for seamless and student-centred curriculums, and the customising of pastoral care modules for ease of access and communication between staff and parents.

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