Most recent principal position
Robina State High School, 2013–21
I was principal at Wynnum State High School before moving to Robina State High School on the Gold Coast. Prior to this, for a 10-year period, I worked as deputy principal across a range of schools including Kenmore State High School, the Queensland Academy for Creative Industries, Wynnum North State High School and Moranbah State High School, all of which were wonderful experiences in supporting my professional growth. I was seconded for 6 months during my tenure at Robina State High School to State Schools –Operations to support a review of the department's school planning, reviewing and reporting framework.
I also worked as a leadership consultant for Education Queensland International in Doha, Qatar. Additionally, I participated in the Japan Exchange and Teaching program early in my teaching career and lived for 3 years in Karatsu city, Japan.
Areas of interest
I have undertaken postgraduate studies in literacy and linguistics as well as second language acquisition, all of which are areas I am passionate about. Other areas of interest include inclusive education, leadership development and global education and engagement.
Why did you want to become a reviewer?
I've worked for the department for over 30 years and have been a passionate advocate for state schooling my whole life. I continue to look for ways I can value add to our great system. The National School Improvement Tool and the reviewing process has profoundly guided and supported my leadership journey as a principal. My experiences as a peer reviewer have also been highly satisfying and I enjoy the opportunity to work alongside principals and school communities to support improvement.
Outside school hours, I love Japan and all things Japanese. Travelling, camping, being at the beach are all passions, as well as spending time with my family.