Principal on new council
An Auckland educator has added another feather to her cap.
Lynda Stuart, principal of May Road School in Mt Roskill, has been appointed to the newly established Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Stuart, who has more than 30 years’ experience in education, will join eight council members charged with strengthening the quality of teaching and raising the status of the profession.
Education was a career path Stuart always knew she was going to take.
‘‘My mother used to talk about me as a preschooler lining up all the kids in the neighbourhood and instructing them.
‘‘That is why I am doing what I am doing at the moment.
‘‘It is my time to give back and pass on what I have learnt,’’ she says.
Stuart is on the current Teachers’ Council as the representative for New Zealand’s largest education union, NZEI.
That body will hand over responsibilities of registering and disciplining teachers to the new Education Council on July 1.
Stuart says the big issues that have rocked education will undoubtedly come up but she’s confident the group will be able to ‘‘move education forward to become the best education system in the world’’.
‘‘It is important that the people on the council be representative of the voice of the profession, that is what we are there for.’’
New Zealand does have ‘‘pockets of variability’’ and she hopes the council will address that, Stuart says.
‘‘We need to ensure that our classrooms across New Zealand are consistent. That they are the best they can be.’’
Stuart says she will be guided by her roots.
‘‘Everything I do, I take this place with me. I take the knowledge I gain from this school and this community . . .’’