Last night Daniel Rattigan, Principal of Finigan School of Distance Education, was announced as this year’s Teachers Mutual Bank Principals Scholarship recipient at the Public Education Foundation Proudly Public 2023 Awards – capping off a decade of the Bank’s support of Principals through this esteemed scholarship.
Daniel is the tenth Principal Teachers Mutual Bank has sent to Harvard throughout the Bank’s decade-long partnership with the Public Education Foundation, a partnership that provides a unique development opportunity for school Principals who work in schools throughout Australia.
The prestigious Teachers Mutual Bank Principals Scholarship provides an outstanding Principal with the opportunity to undertake a leadership program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education (Harvard) in the USA.
Teachers Mutual Bank’s Chief Marketing Officer, Nichole Banks said: “We’re extremely proud to partner with the Public Education Foundation to support this scholarship.”
“We have a long tradition of providing meaningful professional development opportunities for the education sector. The Teachers Mutual Bank Principals Scholarship creates a positive impact, not only on the recipients and their schools, but also on their broader communities.”
Daniel was selected from a highly competitive field of Principal applicants based on his exceptional leadership qualities and dedication to improving education outcomes for all students who study by distance education.
As the Principal of Finigan School of Distance Education, Daniel has demonstrated a deep understanding of the unique challenges facing remote and distance education, and has implemented innovative strategies to support his students and staff.
Reflecting on his achievement Daniel shared: “I’m very humbled at being the tenth scholarship recipient that Teachers Mutual Bank has sponsored over the last ten years. It’s such an exciting opportunity to make a difference at a higher level.”
Teachers Mutual Bank’s Nichole Banks praised Daniel’s achievement: “Teachers Mutual Bank is proud to support outstanding Principals, like Daniel. He is passionate about educational equity and is committed to empowering students from diverse backgrounds who are unable to attend school face-to-face. We congratulate him on this well-deserved achievement and look forward to learning about his experience at Harvard.”
Daniel joins an alumni of high calibre Principals who have received the Teachers Mutual Bank Principals Scholarship throughout the past decade and whose school communities have benefited from their participation in the world-leading program at Harvard.