Prin­ci­pal on new coun­cil

Central Leader - - NEWS - By ROSE CAW­LEY

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 . . .’’

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