SORELL School teacher Lynn Murfet received the surprise of her life when she was named one of 10 inspirational winners in OfficeMax’s 2016 A Day Made Better program.
Now in its sixth year, the national program recognises exceptional teachers that go above and beyond the call of duty to inspire, nurture and encourage students to build knowledge, confidence and life skills.
Mrs Murfet, who is also an animal studies teacher at Rosny College, was chosen for the top award from a pool of more than 39,000 finalists from across Australia.
Nominated in secret, Mrs Murfet was surprised with her achievement at a special award ceremony held at Sorell School on 23 August.
Mrs Murfet said she was “overwhelmed, humbled and grateful” to learn the news.
“I was awed by the award ceremony and truly humbled by the lengths everyone had gone to arrange such a special surprise,” she said.
“So many people had taken the time out of their busy days to be there just for me and they presented me with some amazing flowers and a massive cake with ‘congratulations’ written on it – it was all incredibly special.”
Mrs Murfet said she decided to pursue teaching after she discovered the joys of watching her students grow into healthy, active and respectful young adults.
She said she had a “true passion” for what she did.
“I didn’t realise I was an inspirational teacher, but I try my best to be a good mentor who is fair, equal and respectful to all students and their families.
“I am lucky enough to work with some amazing students, both past and present, and I feel lucky every day to be a part of their lives – this award is truly the icing on the cake.”
OfficeMax marketing director Paul Munkley said he was “blown away” by the number of nominations the program received this year, increasing from 23,000 nominations in 2015 to 39,000 this year.
“It’s incredibly heart warming to read all of the submissions and learn about the teachers who are shaping the future of Australia,” he said.
“It was an honour to reward and celebrate Mrs Murfet and her commitment to the classroom.”
Each of the 10 winners received a host of prizes for their school worth more than $5000, including office products provided by OfficeMax’s generous partners and an Apple iPad for the classroom.
“I think OfficeMax really deserve A Day Made Better award for coming up with the idea which allows people like me to feel truly special and appreciated,” Mrs Murfet said.
“They certainly made my day better.”
For more information about the A Day Made Better program, visit www.adaymadebetter.com.au.
Caption: Award–winning Sorell teacher Lynn Murfet surrounded by students at her surprise celebratory event.