What is your background?
I am a seasoned educator and school leader, but first and foremost I am a mother, grandmother (that makes me sound so old!!) and wife.
I began my teaching career as a Teacher of the Deaf working for Catholic Education in Brisbane, then later joined Education Queensland working in Townsville.
My leadership experience began when I was appointed Deputy Principal (Special Needs) at Miami State School on the Gold Coast and I continued on this pathway with my role as Head of Primary at Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School at Tweed Heads.
I joined BCPS as Principal in 2020 and feel very grateful to be part of this extraordinary school community.
What do you remember best about primary school?
I loved my primary school years with my most vivid memory being Year 5 when my mother was my teacher – although I was never able to get out of doing my homework!
What teaching qualifications do you have?
Although I have my formal qualifications: Diploma of Teaching (Primary and Special Education); Bachelor of Education and Master of Education (Leadership and Management), I am an incurable learner and am constantly updating my knowledge and skills in line with our rapidly changing world.
Where else have you worked and how has it shaped your general outlook and your approach to teaching children today?
As mentioned earlier, I began my career as a Teacher of a Deaf which afforded me the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of language development and learning. The approach to educating children with special needs is very individualised and teaching in this personalised way, catering for the needs of the whole child, remains important to me today.
What are your main teaching and classroom philosophies?
I have a passion for neuroscience and its impact on education. It is my aim to ensure the students’ education experience is fun, innovative, authentic and responsive to individual needs.
What do you enjoy about working at BCPS?
I love the joy that the children demonstrate each day as they relish in the freedom of constraints such as school uniforms and shoes! I love the children’s natural curiosity and the way this small community supports their learning.
What do you enjoy teaching the most?
I love all interactions I have with the children but I particularly enjoy introducing the students to my alter ego ‘The Brain Professor’, who appears regularly to teach the children how to think and how to learn.
What is your greatest achievement?
I believe one of my greatest achievements is having raised such beautiful, successful and happy daughters and balancing motherhood with a full time career.
What aspirations still lie ahead of you?
To lead the BCPS community in a process of continual reflection and improvement to ensure the children are well prepared for their lives in our rapidly evolving world.
What occupies your time outside school hours?
My family! I love spending time with my family, especially my grandchildren. Pilates, walking, reading and watching ‘mindless’ TV also feature at times!
If you weren’t a Principal, how do you think you’d be spending your days?
I am not sure how to answer this question…. If I had chosen a different career, it would most certainly have still involved working with children and families.