Local teacher Mitch Crowley has been honoured as one of the state’s top educators at this year’s Victorian Education Excellence Awards.

Parliamentary Secretary for Sport, Danielle Green congratulated Mr Crowley, from Hazel Glen College, on being named the winner of the Excellence in Physical Education and Activity – Secondary award as part of a livestreamed 2020 awards ceremony.

The awards recognise inspirational teachers, principals and education support staff who improve schools and support children and young people.

As the physical education teacher, and head of sport at Hazel Glen College, Mr Crowley has applied a range of innovative and High Impact Teaching Strategies designed to engage his students and build team development, regardless of the sport or activity.

Mr Crowley has significantly increased the physical education participation of Hazel Glen’s large demographic of students and has developed an extensive range of physical activities and events in the curriculum including new teams for chess and mount biking, as well as an elective in personal training.

Mr Crowley also established and leads the successful Athlete Development Academy to provide opportunities to highly talented student athletes within their focus sport, better preparing students for success at an elite level.

Five individual awards, six team awards and three specialist awards were given, with winners chosen from a shortlist of 41 finalists. The live-streamed awards ceremony was co-hosted by The Project’s Gorgi Coghlan and included live crosses to the 41 finalists.

More information about the awards and winners is available at

Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green

“Mitch Crowley is leading the way when it comes to improving education outcomes for students from Hazel Glen College and is thoroughly deserving of this prestigious honour.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“We are building the Education State, where every student can access a great local school and get a great education. This includes having great teachers at the forefront of our classrooms to help young people thrive.”