Continuing our Meet the Judges series, Primary sector judges Sabine Bolick and Rebecca Henson took some time out from their judging duties to tell us a bit about themselves.

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Sabine Bolick, Content and Learning Specialist, Literacy and Numeracy, Schools Division, Pearson
Sabine came to publishing after teaching and a corporate career in staff training and development. While her clients have changed, all Sabine’s roles have involved researching, identifying, developing and evaluating learning solutions to help people achieve their learning goals. Sabine has now been in this industry for over 15 years. She is passionate about literacy in particular, and making learning relevant and engaging. This is Sabine’s first time as an EPAAs judge.
Sabine, how do you feel about being asked to judge the EPAAs? This is such a great opportunity and privilege, and I’m really looking forward to seeing all the submissions.
Why do you think the EPAAs are important for our industry? The EPAAs provide important industry recognition. Receiving awards for publications I have been a part of have certainly been career highlights for me. Customers are also impressed when they see that a resource has won an award and do take note.
What challenges specific to educational publishing do you particularly enjoy? Producing a quality resource on time and on budget is the day-to-day challenge that I enjoy as part of my role. I love working with authors and production teams to shape a resource that will make a difference to a teacher’s and student’s life. Making learning enriching and enjoyable is what brings me to work every day.
What will you be looking for in the EPAAs submissions? I value a resource that makes a difference – to both teachers and students. I will particularly be looking for innovative resources in content and delivery with strong pedagogy and methodology.
 What’s the product or series you are most proud of having worked on in your career? That’s a tough question as I’ve worked on so many products, but probably Pearson English 3-6 as it is the first product I’ve worked on that leads with digital, rather than print. We’ve done so much research, it’s flexible, caters for differentiation and looks fabulous. I’m also very proud of Bounce Back! A Wellbeing and Resilience Program, as it makes a difference to people’s lives.  
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Rebecca Henson, Publishing Editor, Primary, Nelson Cengage Learning
Rebecca publishes primary digital and print resources for local and export markets. She has worked in the educational publishing industry for 20 years in a range of editorial, production and publishing roles. Rebecca was a member of the EPAAs judging panel in 2010 and 2011.
Rebecca, why do you think the EPAAs are important for our industry? The awards are important because they recognise and celebrate the commitment of educational publishers to provide high-quality resources that help to improve teaching and learning outcomes.
Are there any challenges specific to educational publishing that you enjoy as part of your role? In my role, the challenge I most enjoy is identifying the opportunity (even if the market hasn’t fully articulated it) and then publishing first-class resources that teachers want to buy.
What do you particularly value when reviewing an educational resource? Innovation and creativity – a resource that does something far better than its competitors is always impressive!
What’s the product or series you are most proud of having worked on in your career? Nelson Literacy Directions, a large, multi-component, core literacy series for middle and upper primary students.