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LONG­TIME pri­mary school prin­ci­pal Jackie Malecki has re­ceived a John Laing Award for Pro­fes­sional De­vel­op­ment.

The Rooty Hill Pub­lic School prin­ci­pal of 18 years earned praise for her lead­er­ship and men­tor­ing oth­ers.

“I was as­tounded, re­ally, be­cause you never ex­pect to be ac­knowl­edged by your peers,” she said. “I was so thrilled.”

Ms Malecki was nom­i­nated by the NSW Pri­mary Prin­ci­pals As­so­ci­a­tion, of which she is the sec­re­tary.

The Pen­rith res­i­dent has taught in the area for more than 40 years. She has spent most of her ca­reer in the re­gion and had stints at schools in­clud­ing Tregear, St Clair and North St Marys.

“This is one of the best ar­eas to teach in and to lead schools be­cause there are many young teach­ers and ex­ec­u­tives who bring huge en­thu­si­asm to the job and it’s re­ally great to work with them,” Ms Malecki said.

Pic­ture: Peter Kelly

Rooty Hill Pub­lic School prin­ci­pal Jackie Malecki with teach­ing col­leagues Scott Fitzger­ald and Emily Kim­ber.

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