ACEL National Awards Recognise Dr Deborah Netolicky for Outstanding Educational Writing

The Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) is proud to announce the recipients of this year’s ACEL National Awards, which honour educational leaders who have made significant contributions to improving student and educational outcomes. We are delighted to share that Dr Deborah Netolicky, Principal at Walford Anglican School for Girls, has been awarded the prestigious ACEL Hedley Beare Award for Educational Writing.

The ACEL Hedley Beare Award for Educational Writing is a testament to Dr Netolicky’s dedication to bridge research and practice in education, and to contribute to national and international education communities. Her outstanding work in the realm of educational leadership has not only earned her this recognition but has also contributed to the advancement of educational discourse.

Dr Deborah Netolicky, who was appointed Principal at Walford Anglican School For Girls at the start of this year, has consistently demonstrated forward-thinking leadership in the educational sector. Her commitment to excellence has been acknowledged through multiple awards and accolades throughout her career, including being named on the Educator Australia’s Most Influential Educator and ‘Most Innovative Educator’ lists. Recent awards include the 2021 AERA Educational Change SIG Emerging Scholar Award, 2021 Michael Fullan Emerging Scholar Award, and the 2021 ACEL WA Certificate of Excellence in Educational Leadership.


Chair of Walford’s Council of Governors, Mr Peter Hastings, said “We are thrilled to celebrate Dr Netolicky’s achievement. By contributing to the educational debate, Deb’s accomplishments reflect the Walford value of service to community and benefit our school community through innovative educational methods which stimulate the bright minds of our students.”