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6 March 2020

“Teaching itself is an act of leadership”

Teach For Australia Founder and Chief Executive Officer Melodie Potts Rosevear has been inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in the lead up to International Women’s Day this Sunday.

The Victorian Honour Roll of Women acknowledges and celebrates the achievements of women in Victoria across three categories; change agents, local champions and trailblazers. The Honour Roll is a way that outstanding women leaders are recognised for their achievements in a broad range of fields including the education and social justice sectors.

“I feel honoured and blessed to be recognised,” Ms Potts Rosevear said.

“There is though, so much more work to be done. I’m committed and hungry to do more for the development of teaching and leadership in our schools and in our communities that need us the most.”

Victorian Honour Roll of Women inductees come from all walks of life and have demonstrated inspirational leadership and excellence in their field. Melodie has been recognised for her work over more than a decade spent driving change and innovation in the Australian education system to tackle educational disadvantage.

“At Teach For Australia we’ve shown, against a lot of initial disbelief, that big things are possible in addressing educational inequity. We’ve shown that great people are willing to change careers or change track and put their hand up and become teachers in greater numbers than anyone ever expected,” Melodie said.

“Our work values the teaching profession, showing that teachers not only have a remarkable impact on students, but on educational equity and social justice more broadly.”

“We’ve also shown that the system can shift in terms of the way people can come into the profession, and we’ve never shied away from our commitment to leadership. Teaching itself is an act of leadership and leadership is what’s required if we’re going to solve some of the injustices that we know exist in the world.”

2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the Victorian Honour Roll of Women, and Melodie is one of 32 Victorian women recognised for their outstanding contributions to Victoria.

“It’s really important – particularly for women – that we develop a greater level of comfort and a bigger willingness to stand up and be counted. To say ‘yes, this is me, this is what we are achieving’ and be proud of that,” Ms Potts Rosevear said.

Gabrielle Williams, Victoria’s Minister for Prevention of Family Violence, Minister for Women and Minister for Youth wrote in her letter of acknowledgement, “Ms Potts Rosevear’s selection amongst such an extraordinary group of nominees is testament to her inspirational leadership and contribution to our state.”

“I’m confident that every woman on the Honour Roll would acknowledge that we never, ever do things on our own and I’m conscious that what we have achieved at Teach For Australia has been a team effort – and that there is much left to achieve,” Ms Potts Rosevear said.