Lisa mo­ti­vated by her stu­dents

Fam­ily, hap­pi­ness and health are pri­or­ity

Gatton Star - - COMMUNITY LIFE -

Name: Lisa Noo­nan.

Oc­cu­pa­tion:

Teach­ing prin­ci­pal.

Age: 48.

Mar­i­tal Sta­tus: Mar­ried.

How long have you been the prin­ci­pal at Pren­zlau SS? Since mid 2012.

What do you like about your role? I get to go to work ev­ery day and love what I do.

What achievemen­t are you most proud of? In work – lead­ing a school that I am proud to be prin­ci­pal of. At home – my fam­ily.

What are your pri­or­i­ties? Fam­ily, hap­pi­ness and good health.

What would you like to achieve in your role? To have stu­dents leave our school at the end of Year 6 as con­fi­dent, in­de­pen­dent and well-round young peo­ple who be­lieve they can achieve any­thing they de­sire.

What’s the best ad­vice you’ve ever re­ceived? To make de­ci­sions in life with good in­ten­tions and that I can­not please ev­ery­one all of the time.

What rules do you live by?

In­tegrity – choos­ing thoughts and ac­tions based on my val­ues rather than per­sonal gain.

Have you met any­one fa­mous, who and when?

No.

What is your great­est ac­com­plish­ment in life?

Mar­ry­ing my amaz­ing hus­band and to­gether, rais­ing our two amaz­ing sons. What is the one thing you would like to change in the world? I would like to see a world free of dis­ease and sick­ness.

Notwith­stand­ing the num­ber how old do you feel and why?

I feel like I am still in my mid 20s when I started teach­ing be­cause I get to spend time each day with chil­dren who have an en­thu­si­asm and cu­rios­ity for life… and it is in­fec­tious.

What is your favourite hobby or recre­ation, and why? I love to read when I have time, walk my dog and spend time with friends and fam­ily.

What is your hap­pi­est child­hood mem­ory? Liv­ing in Malaysia, go­ing to a RAAF school and hav­ing a pet mon­key.

What is your favourite place to visit in the district?

I ac­tu­ally love gaz­ing out over the hills and pad­docks that sur­round our school – our lit­tle piece of par­adise. What would you do if you won the Lotto? Take my fam­ily on a world trip. Who are the peo­ple you most ad­mire – dead or liv­ing? I ad­mire my mum and the strength she has shown since my fa­ther passed. As a pro­fes­sional woman, I ad­mire Michelle Obama – her pas­sion and self­less­ness.

PHOTO: LISA NOO­NAN

MEET LISA: Pren­zlau State School prin­ci­pal Lisa Noo­nan.

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