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Christopher BeckChristopher Beck - Winner

Faculty of Building Construction Trades 

Chris Beck has been responsible for training some of Australia’s most celebrated furniture design students.

With over 30 years’ woodworking experience, Chris has passed on his extensive knowledge to students studying furniture design certificates and diplomas at our Chadstone campus.

His commitment has seen students receive top honours at the Fringe Festival (Design Fringe) Awards and Australian Wood Review's Maker of the Year Awards.

Chris has also mentored new staff and maintained Holmesglen’s strong connections with industry.

“Chris’s practical application is amazing. He gets students to think outside the square, push boundaries and try new techniques to produce some outstanding pieces of work,” says Holmesglen Account Manager Denise Walker.

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Julio AlfaroJulio Alfaro - Finalist

Faculty of Business, Design and Information Technology
As a cyber security teacher, Julio Alfaro takes pride in helping students prepare to enter one of the workforce's most in-demand industries.

Utilising his connections with major industry bodies, including Fortinet and Amazon Web Services, Julio passes on his technical and communication skills to students enrolled in cyber security.

Julio has also worked closely with industry to introduce new real-life client projects into the cyber security curriculum, to give students practical experience and connect them with their future careers sooner.

“Julio is an excellent teacher who is always looking for innovative ways to engage with his students,” says Holmesglen teacher Chris Ho.


Peter SavagePeter Savage - Finalist

Faculty of Building Construction Trades
From glass and glazing apprentice to teacher, Peter Savage’s Holmesglen journey has come full circle.

Returning to Holmesglen after a successful career in industry, Peter has since grown our glass and glazing training through fostering cross-department collaboration and supporting students with remote learning.

"Peter is a person who lights up a room. He is very positive, absolutely loves what he does, and his passion always comes across,” says Holmesglen Account Manager Denise Walker.

Peter is a member of the Australian Glass and Window Association and enjoys promoting quality glass and glazing training to industry.


Simone WearneSimone Wearne - Finalist

Faculty of Education, Service Skills and Environment
Simone Wearne is an industry-connected teacher who has inspired our sports degree students, while championing grassroots sport in the community.

Through her work with the Australian women’s softball team, Holmesglen sport degree students had the opportunity to interview Olympians and gain valuable industry insights into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games.

“Simone has continued her commitment to introduce students to a broad network of sporting organisation leaders as part of her class innovation, including international speakers,” says Sports Degrees Course Leader Sam Duncan.

Simone is also the founder of the Diamond Girls Academy, a grassroots Women’s Baseball team in the City of Kingston.


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