As an educator, I recognised the aesthetical and educational benefits of music in the classroom and encouraged students to explore and perform music. As teacher and principal, I prioritised Performing Arts by collaboratively writing school musicals, coordinating choirs, facilitating regional workshops and implementing instrument tuition programs.
My appointments as a principal have ranged from far west one-teacher school to significantly socially disadvantaged urban school. Recently retired from Holgate PS where I established a music room and worked with school community to build a hall which included a performance stage. At each school I managed, music was pivotal to the school curriculum.
In 1996, I was presented a NSW Teacher of The Year Award.
Family connection to the Conservatorium started 30 years ago when our children participated in pre-school music classes giving them skills and confidence to progress to piano and violin lessons, choirs, rock bands, with one gaining qualifications as a music therapist.
I hope to use my experiences and local contacts to promote the Conservatorium as well as liaise between the Conservatorium and local schools.
We seek to inspire our Central Coast community to engage in and value music as an integral part of life through comprehensive music education and artistic endeavour.