I was born in Glasgow, Scotland and being the eldest of six children I think I always wanted to be a teacher because I loved school. I loved reading and learning. My siblings might disagree and say it was because I was opinionated and bossy! My father loved numbers and finance and my mother loved drama and reading. I was lucky enough to inherit these loves from both of them. My parents were also great dancers; this gift was not passed on to me.
I attended Glasgow University and studied Physics and Mathematics. When I graduated I then attended Teacher’s College for Post Graduate Studies in Education. I taught in Glasgow for four years before immigrating with my husband and young son to Australia. We wanted a change in lifestyle and more sunshine. I then taught Mathematics at Santa Sabina College and John Paul 2 Senior High before moving to Adelaide in 1992.
In 1999 I was appointed Science Coordinator at Cardijn College and in 2004 was appointed Deputy Principal. I was attracted to the position at the Catholic Education Office which assisted schools to implement the New SACE as it allowed me to visit all of the Catholic secondary schools in the state and work with school leadership teams and teachers.
In 2011 I began as Principal of Mary MacKillop College. I love being the Principal of a girls’ school. I like being able to think of the many ways that we can make the College a better place for students and staff. School improvement and change management are two of my focus areas. In particular I love the history and tradition that comes with Mary MacKillop College; the ongoing ministries of the Sisters of St Joseph and the legacy of Mary MacKillop.
Before joining the Mary MacKillop community in 2021 as the Year 9 Pastoral Care Coordinator, I worked at Caritas College Port Augusta, an R-12 Co-educational Catholic school, teaching in the Josephite tradition.
I am excited to continue working in a Josephite environment where girls are empowered to learn and achieve, experiencing high-quality teaching and learning that will equip them with the knowledge, skills, and strategies to become thriving, capable learners.
As a committed educational leader inspired by the Catholic faith, I hope to drive powerful learning opportunities and formation for all students. I believe in a holistic educational approach that provides a foundation for the full development of the person, including academic, physical, emotional, social, and spiritual development.
I am privileged in my role as Director of teaching and Learning to work alongside families and staff, enabling each student to be a better person for a better world, challenging young people to find meaning and value in their lives. I hope to ensure students are safe, happy and involved in their learning and able to perform to their full potential.
I look forward to working with students, staff and families, as students embrace the challenge and the call to know more, do more and be more.
For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to be a teacher. My first opportunity to teach was in a Josephite school, Caritas College in Port Augusta. While I was there, I got to know and love many of the Sisters of St Joseph and their caring ways. After a few years in the country, I returned to Adelaide and began teaching at Mt Carmel College, another school with a Josephite tradition. It was here that I discovered my passion for leadership in pastoral care. The extra care that I could share with students in a Pastoral Care Coordinator’s role became an integral part of my career.
I have continued my passion working with Sisters of St Joseph at Mary MacKillop College with continuing leadership roles in pastoral care. It is my strong belief that happy students learn well. I aim to build strong relationships between the girls and their teachers by providing a learning environment in which the girls feel valued and care for each other, and where our Catholic and Josephite ethos are in harmony with the culture of our College, shaping positive relationships within our community.
For as long as I can remember, my motivation has always been to have a variety of experiences. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that prior to coming to Mary MacKillop College, my education and professional work took me from Asia, to the United States, then to Australia. I worked in audit, tax, business services, consulting and advertising, and along the way had some of the most unforgettable moments in my life. This included taking helicopter/twin-engine plane rides to reach clients, being in an open pit mine and feeling the earth shake when the dynamite exploded, actually seeing gold being smelted, and working in the Silicon Valley and meeting some of the most brilliant IT minds in the world.
Coming to the College was born out my desire to do something completely different from the Chartered Accountancy profession, although my two daughters will jokingly argue that was not the case. Just like any young children, they felt a sense of pride if they could see me working in the Canteen. So when this role came up they thought it was a nice substitute.
I am truly privileged to be part of the Mary MacKillop College community where everyone is warmly welcomed, valued, appreciated and supported. I am given this opportunity to use my professional training, skills and varied experiences to manage and improve the resources of the College, for the provision of an enriching education for girls, the way St Mary of the Cross MacKillop envisioned it to be.