Most recent principal position
Bluewater State School – since 2019
I began my career in education at Victoria Plantation State School, Ingham. As it was a small school, I was provided the opportunity to lead several curriculum projects, inspiring my interest in developing a strong curriculum knowledge. In moving to Bluewater State School as a teacher, I continued to lead the development of school-wide curriculum programs and behaviour intervention. I commenced my leadership journey at Bambaroo State School as a teaching-principal with 17 students in all year levels from Prep to Year 7. Since then, I have been the principal of five schools across three regions. Most recently, I was the Lead Principal for the Mount Isa Centre for Learning and Wellbeing (CLaW), supporting 22 schools across North-West Queensland, before taking on a role as a reviewer in July 2023.
In addition to my role within schools, I have led regional projects in Digital Technologies, Mathematics and Wellbeing, presenting at regional, state and national conferences in these areas. I am a strong advocate of the Queensland Association of State School Principals (QASSP), representing on the Small School’s and Capability Development subcommittees, as well as a short role as a Board Member.
Areas of interest
I am passionate about career pathways in education and developing future school leaders. This interest has led me to completing a Master of Education and currently working towards the completion of an Educational Doctorate exploring principal succession practices in Queensland State Schools.
Why did you want to become a reviewer?
I find the multi-faceted nature of leading school improvement fascinating and the role of a reviewer is an amazing way to learn from other school leaders. The role of a school reviewer, not only allows me to provide feedback to school leaders that value-adds to their journey, but also strengthens my own knowledge base so that when I return to a school as a principal, I have new tools and strategies with which to enhance the educational opportunities for students.
- Camping and orienteering
- Surfing and stand-up paddle boarding
- Volunteering as an instructor with the Australian Air Force Cadets for 10 years, and Scouts Australia for 4 years