June 4, 2020

The Public Education Foundation and Teachers Mutual Bank have today announced that Xavier Norden, of Wangaratta West Public School is the inaugural recipient of the Public Education Foundation’s Teachers Mutual Bank Victorian Mid-Career Scholarship.

This scholarship supports public school teachers in Victoria who have been teaching for between five and fifteen years, with Teachers Mutual Bank providing $10,000 for professional development activities of the scholar’s choice.

Xavier is in his eighth year of teaching and is currently Assistant Principal/Classroom teacher at Wangaratta West Public school, located approximately 250km from Melbourne.

Carolyn Murphy, Victorian State Manager, Teachers Mutual Bank, said: “Mid-career teachers are vital to the success of the education industry and Teachers Mutual Bank is proud to name the first recipient of the Victorian Mid-Career Scholarship. The inaugural scholar, Xavier, has demonstrated a keen commitment to his continued professional development as a teacher and school leader.  We are delighted to support him on this journey.”

“Xavier is an outstanding Victorian teacher who is passionate about his classroom and builds excellent relationships with his students and community,” David Hetherington, the Public Education Foundation’s Executive Director, said.  “We are excited to be able to support Xavier with his professional learning goals.”

“I am truly ecstatic and grateful to receive the Teachers Mutual Bank Victorian Mid-Career Scholarship for 2020. This scholarship will enable me to build partnerships and connections with globally recognised education experts at Stanford University and the schools and teachers in our region. I hope this study will allow me to bring further evidence-based research to our schools in the areas of mathematics and growth mindset. I cannot wait to share my experiences with other educational enthusiasts,” said scholarship winner Xavier Norton.

Teachers Mutual Bank (TMB) came to life in 1966 when a group passionate teachers, with the shared vision to give educators and their families’ better financial options, held their first meeting as a credit union. Over 50 years on TMB has grown to one of the largest mutual banks in the country with over 200,000 members and $8 billion in assets. However, one thing has remained constant, the Bank’s commitment to supporting its members and creating opportunities for teachers and the education community to flourish. www.tmbank.com.au

The Public Education Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing life-changing scholarships to students and educators in public education, and enhancing the value and reputation of public education.

For more information:  David Hetherington, Public Education Foundation

T +61 2 7814 2805 | E  david@publiceducationfoundation.org.au