Hoping to make a difference
Maria Potter started her career in education exactly 20 years ago - in 1997 she started her training to become a teacher.
A former pupil of Sacred Heart College herself, this is her third year as principal of the school.
Currently she looks after the 820 students at the Catholic girls’ college and said she loved the school and what she does. More than 250 girls from Upper Hutt make the trek to Sacred Heart every weekday, nearly a quarter of the school’s students.
Sacred Heart celebrated its centenary in 2012 by putting in a new performing arts centre that is widely used by the community.
WHERE’S YOUR FAVOURITE PUBLIC SPACE?
We are so spoilt for choice here but it would have to be the Wainuiomata coast – it’s pretty wild at times but it can’t be beaten on a beautiful day.
WHAT DREWYOU TO WORKING IN SCHOOLS?
The idea that perhaps I could make a difference to some students – I was so fortunate to have had many great teachers when I was at school and they were definitely an inspiration for me.
WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?
I have a large family, a lot of whom still live locally, so most of my time is spent with either them or with friends.
I like to be active so I do a bit of walking and I really enjoy a nice meal and a glass of wine. Two of my three children now live in Taranaki so no doubt a bit of my free time will be spent on the road so we can catch up!
WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO MOST IN THE SCHOOL YEAR?
I love seeing both staff and students succeed. Every year I am blown away by the achievements within our community and it is so rewarding to witness this. I also love the variety and challenges that each year brings – no two years have ever been the same.
BEST CHEAP AND CHEERFUL MEAL YOU LIKE TO MAKE?
It has to be a curry – I’m not much of a cook but I amtrying to make this more of a priority in 2017.