Kent Street Senior High School
Kath worked for over 22 years in the Wheatbelt region of WA before returning to the metropolitan area in 2012. Originally and English and History teacher, she is currently completing her Masters in School Leadership – always leading by learning. Kath believes in providing quality leadership opportunities to others so that we grow the organisation that is public education. She is passionate about government education and ensuring that we engage and educate all comers to the limit of our resources and the best of our ability.
Kath has a wide experience in education related matters, including serving on the SCSA Curriculum and Assessment sub-committee and their Secondary Principals’ Advisory Group. She is currently a board member of the Rotary Residential College and a trustee of the Kentian Scholarship Foundation, is actively involved in the Curtin Education Community network and enjoys the balance offered by the CANSSEA network of secondary principals.
As a committee member for a number of years since her time as a deputy principal, Kath has been very active, attending ASPA Talking Heads and ICP conferences; convened two WASSEA conferences and a one-day symposium and presented to aspirant leaders in metro and south west regions. She is in her second term as WASSEA Secretary and has represented WASSEA at a variety of workshops and events. Kath was recipient of the John Laing Professional Development Award in 2012 and was recognised by WASSEA for her educational leadership in 2008.
Kath believes that quality teachers and quality schools where government schools are recognised as schools of choice is best achieved through a strong organisation that can be a great voice of reason and maintain the focus on core business – catering for the diverse needs of our students. She states that WASSEA is recognised as that voice of reason, made stronger by being student-centred and apolitical. She became a committee member as she is a firm believer that any organisation is only as strong as its membership. She says she values the excellent collegiality and support offered by WASSEA and acknowledges the difference that we can make to education through having a strong voice as a professional organisation.
Kath says: “Health and wellbeing matters a great deal to me and my ‘You matter most’ philosophy begins with me. Despite being a bit of a perfectionist on the work front, I always make time for family and friends and walk my two lovely Golden Retriever dogs every morning to help maintain my sanity!”