I was a long term Northern Territory (NT) territory educator, commencing my teaching career in WA in 1970. We came to the NT in July 1975 and worked in remote, town then urban communities. My tenure in the NT was at Numbulwar School (1975- 1978), Angurugu Community School on Groote Eylandt (1979-1982), Nhulunbuy Primary School (1983-1986), then Karama School (1987-1991) and lastly Leanyer School (1992 until retiring in January 2012). I filled the position of school principal from 1977 until my retirement.
My major focus on and belief in education is that it develop children and students holistically, preparing them for the whole of life. Educational partnerships involving staff, students, community and department have always been important.
I am a Fellow and Lifetime Member of the Council of Education Leaders, a Life Member of the Association of School Education Leaders and was awarded the Commonwealth Centenary Medal for contribution to education.
I hold a number of degrees and remain actively interested in and contributive to education. A highlight of my ‘recent’ life has been contributing to teacher education at the Charles Darwin University. I also involve with our Department of Education (NT) as a member of the Principals Reference Group and am working with others on the establishment of a Principals Coaching and Mentoring program.
A recent addition (since July 2013) has been my writing of a weekly column about educational matters for the Darwin/Palmerston /Litchfield ‘Suns’ Newspapers. I occasionally write for other papers and for professional magazines. I also write for online conferences and have an account on LinkedIn.