Casey Teacher Makes Educator Hotlist

Casey Grammar School - Educator Hotlist

Casey Grammar School's Louise Piva has earned a place on this year’s prestigious Educator Hotlist – an annual list recognising the country’s most dedicated and innovative teachers.

Louise is one of only a handful of teachers from Victoria who made the cut in 2023. “I feel very humbled and definitely a little overwhelmed. It was certainly a shock as I had no idea I’d been nominated,” says Louise, Head of English. “I became a teacher because I believe education and teachers can make a real difference to young people and to the future they can create for themselves and others. That is why, 30 years later, I am still a teacher. “

"I see students in my class succeed where they thought they couldn’t and that is why I’m passionate about this job. All students are capable of learning and I am committed to making sure that is the case in my class.”

Since arriving at Casey Grammar School, Louise has introduced a series of enhancements to the school including introducing technology to improve collaboration, communication, assessment and curriculum management across all year levels and units. She created activities to build independent reading and introduced the SmartLab online literacy program to monitor and diagnose language and literacy challenges and to find opportunities to extend highly capable students.

Louise and her team have also organised voluntary Year 12 workshops to give students preparing for exams extra assistance. With her support and encouragement, one Casey Grammar student who began their education in a special school will be studying creative writing at university next year. Outside of work, Louise is completing a PhD which focuses on inclusive education and consultation. The Educator Hotlist recognises outstanding teachers who have had significant influence in classrooms, schools and the broader world of education. Schools nominate hundreds of teachers whom they feel have made a real difference in their students’ lives and a panel of judges choose those who make the hotlist.

Louise has certainly earned her place on the national list and she is as passionate about teaching today as she was when she first began her career 30 years ago.