Dear Families and Community Members,
I have been in education for over twenty-five years. Initially
I began my career as a shared music specialist in a rural
school in the surrounding district of Mildura. Following that I was a classroom
teacher at Lismore Primary School for three years; before starting my family. After
this I began a twenty-year association with Mortlake P-12 College, starting with
a day a week teaching music and finishing as the P-4 leader.
I am a passionate lifelong learner. In 2010 I completed a year
long Bastow course titled ‘Leaders in the making’. This sparked an interest in study, so in 2011
and 2012 I completed my Master of Education in School Leadership at Melbourne
University. It was during this time I
learnt about Positive Education from an international expert, Assoc Professor
Lea Waters. Although this was a
relatively new field of psychology, there was a lot of evidence regarding the
positive outcomes it provided in the social and emotional development of
students. So, in 2014 I went back to
Melbourne University, whilst working full time, and completed a Professional
Certificate in Positive Education.
In 2017 I started the year at Lismore Primary School as the
Acting Principal. It was an amazing
experience to be back after twenty years.
In June I successfully applied for the role of Principal of Port Fairy
Consolidated School. I spent the next four years at PFCS and together with the staff, implemented a six-week reporting cycle as well as the
Explicit and Direct Instruction as a model for teaching. We also strengthened our teaching of reading through the
systematic, synthetic teaching of phonics and phonemic awareness.
I also introduced Positive Education to improve student
wellbeing. I worked closely with a
vibrant and supportive Parent and Friends group to build strong connections
between the school and its families. One
of my passions is to create a sense of belonging, I want everyone to feel
connected and part of the College, echoing the sentiment that it is ‘our
school’ or ‘my school’.
As the Instructional Leader of Terang College, I am committed
to ensuring all children are inspired to achieve their potential. I believe in
providing optimal learning environments that focus on learning growth for all
and reflect the ever-changing world around us.
As the Principal I encourage reflectiveness, feedback and lifelong
learning so as to foster a high-performance culture.