March 6, 1981: Top teacher is honored

August 17, 2017

It was a special day at Gowrie St Primary School yesterday. 

A ceremony was held to officially present the Lillian Horner Memorial Prize for outstanding teaching of junior grades to Mrs Nancy Wagner. 

And six-year-old Jason Cowlin of Shepparton got in before the official ceremony to congratulate one of his favorite teachers. 

Mrs Wagener received a small library of professional books for her personal use and her name will be inscribed on the honor board at the Department of Education offices. 

The award was made to Mrs Wagener for her outstanding contribution to the teaching of literacy to junior grades. 

Lillian Horner was on outstanding teacher who lived between 1873 and 1938.

During her years as an infant mistress at Victorian schools, she was awarded the highest marks available as a teacher. 

Upon her death, her friends and associates undertook to perpetuate her memory by providing the means for giving the annual prize. 

One hundred guests attended the ceremony where the Director General of Education, Dr Lawrie Shears presented Mrs Wagener with the award. 

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