I am the very proud College Principal of the dynamic and diverse learning environment that is Callaghan College. I have been incredibly fortunate to have had a varied range of teaching and leadership positions in Public Education. I was born in Newcastle and spent the majority of my teaching years on the beautiful Mid North Coast.
As a teacher of History, Society and Culture and Drama, I developed a passion for creative, inquiry-based learning and innovation. My early career was in the unique setting of Bulahdelah Central School, a K-12 rural school. After some extensive overseas travel, my career developed and I was appointed Quality Teaching Consultant for the Forster and Taree areas. Later, as Highly Accomplished Teacher at Chatham High School and the Centre for Excellence program, I was accredited at Lead Teacher status by the National Education Standards Authority.
Most recently, I was appointed to Hastings Secondary College in the scenic shores of Port Macquarie. This was where I developed my deep interest in the College model and the outstanding range of opportunities. As Deputy Principal and then relieving Executive Principal of the College, I was afforded a wonderful professional challenge and an outstanding opportunity to lead a learning community.
It is with enormous Novocastrian pride that I returned to Newcastle as College Principal at Callaghan. I am so very fortunate to lead with my co-principals of Paul Taylor at Wallsend, Hayley Macdonald at Waratah and Roger Macey at Jesmond Campuses. As a leadership team, we are dedicated to empowering every one of the 2600 learners in our care with the highset standard of education.
I hold dear a deep commitment to continuous improvement so that every student is known, valued and cared for. The learning experience that we provide must prepare students for academic and life success. As the only Public Education College in the Hunter, we are unique, we are proud.