Margaret has been a secondary teacher for 39 years and has taught in various schools in Sydney, Australia and New Zealand. She was Principal at Sydney Girls High School from 1992-2008. She worked for the Board of Studies for 2 years as a Regional Field Officer mainly in Assessment and Reporting and was Supervisor of Higher School Certificate Biology marking for 9 years. She was the Coordinator of the Office of Educational Leadership in the School of Education UNSW from 2009 until 2014.
Margaret’s doctoral thesis was “The relationships between School Culture and Student
Outcomes in New South Wales Selective schools”’ and Margaret has a great interest in the role of school culture in improving student outcomes.
Margaret has been on various committees and working parties over her career covering girls’ education, gifted students as well as on syllabus and exam committees.
Margaret was awarded an AO in the Australia Day Honours in 2005, the Wyndham Medal in 2008, selected as one of the top 100 principals across the world (Beijing 2006) and one of the most influential educators in Sydney (2007 SMH). She is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators(FACE) and a Fellow of the Australian College of Educational Leaders (FACEL) and was a ministerial appointment on the University of Sydney Senate (2002-2009) and the Centennial Parklands Trust (2002-2010).
She has been a NSW Australia Day Ambassador. In 2013 she was highly commended for the Community Engagement Award at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). She was a member of the UNSW Global Advisory Committee in 2013 and 2014 and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship at the UNSW in 2015.
She is currently running her own consultancy in Developing Educational Leaders and is the Head of Education at the Institute of Digital Education Africa(IDEA). In this role, she is working on initiatives to improve teaching and learning programs in Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa as well as Middle East counties.
Margaret is certified as a Leadership Circle Consultant in the Leadership Circle Profile, the Manager Edition and the Leadership Culture Survey.
Margaret has been a secondary teacher for 39 years and has taught in various schools in NSW and New Zealand. She was Principal at Sydney Girls High School from 1992-2008. She worked for the Board of Studies for 2 years as an RFO mainly in the area of Assessment and Reporting and was Supervisor of HSC marking for 9 years. She was the Coordinator of the Office of Educational Leadership in the School of Education UNSW from 2009 until 2014.More...
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It was your passion and guidance that led me taking on study at UNSW and I give that study a great deal of credit for my recent promotion.
Hardly a day goes by when I am not putting something in place or reflecting on matters you've introduced to me, through research or drawing from your own experience as an educator.
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