From aide to the top job
IT may only be for a while, but Wonga Beach State School teacher Belinda Guthrie is enjoying every moment of being the school’s (temporary) principal.
Michelle Davis, who has been principal for some years, has been seconded to Caravonica for a semester, and so Mrs Guthrie has stepped into her shoes.
Instead of teaching class 6/7 she now takes over the Prep Room and the principal’s office.
Not bad for someone who started out at the same school 12 years ago as a teacher aide.
After a time Mrs Guthrie, who lives at Newell, studied to be a teacher and became qualified.
In fact it’s because she’s done a bit of everything that she stands in good stead with the challenging role of principal.
‘‘You need to be multiskilled,’’ she said. ‘‘ You understand everybody’s roles because you’ve done lots of jobs.
‘‘It’s been challenging – the first week of the school year, with some new families, sorting expectations for them and the students.
‘‘It’s a busy job – I call it ‘spin and kick’,’’ she says, demonstrating some faux martial moves.
Mrs Davis is scheduled to return in the second semester. In the meantime, Mrs Guthrie has gained more understanding of the work of her former boss, whom she clearly admires. ‘‘It’s given me a whole new appreciation of how great Michelle is,’’ she said. ‘‘I’m just keeping her seat warm for her.’’