My Favourite Teacher - Kate Ellis
Kate Ellis became the youngest Government minister ever when she was catapulted into a position on the Rudd front bench as minister for sport and youth at the age of just 30.
Nine years later, as shadow minister for early childhood education and for vocational education, she stands alongside Tanya Plibersek as part of the education ‘dream team’ that Bill Shorten believes will win Labor the next election.
When asked about the teacher who had most inspired her, she nominated her own dream team - Miss Barker and George.
“I had some really great teachers but I know at the time my favourite teacher was Miss Barker, who was my Year 2 teacher,” she said.
“I particularly liked her because she had a guitar called George that was in the classroom and we used to do a lot of singing, which I loved.
“But I also like her because I was in Year 2 the year of the Los Angeles Olympics, 1984, and we got to write to the weightlifter Dean Lukin.
“He wrote back to us and I thought that was the most exciting thing that had ever happened.
“But I should say that I am really truly blessed that, particularly in primary school, I had some remarkable and inspiring teachers - so it’s really hard to narrow it down to one.
“And yes, my mum was a primary teacher - and she is never short of advice on the subject of education...”