Inverell Public School principal Robyn Stewart was named this year’s worthy recipient of the William Walker Award for Outstanding Educational Leadership.
Nominated by Macintyre High School principal Lindsay Paul, Robyn has been making a huge impact in her role of IPS principal since 2012.
Currently juggling duties as a principal and School Leadership (PSL) for the Department of Education, Robyn has previously serviced in various other teaching and leadership positions in the education sector.
Australian Council for Educational Leaders (New England) chairperson Peter Pickett said Robyn’s leadership style was demonstrated by strong commitment to student learning, a willingness to work hard and for long hours and the capacity to include staff at all levels of education.
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“She is always willing to mentor and guide staff in a supportive, coaching role. This has resulted in many of the staff Robyn has mentored being promoted across all educational settings.
“In her various leadership roles, Robyn has always sought to bring about change that supports the development of students and staff, and she has the educational vision to seek a better way forward,” he said.
described as an authentic leader, Robyn has been known to demonstrate a high level of ethical behaviour, which makes her an outstanding role model for all who work with her.
“Her strong interpersonal relationships, her own personal traits and an extensive knowledge of all educational processes has seen Robyn have a profound influence on education in the New England area,” Mr Pickett said.
Other recipients of Australian College of Educators (ACE) and Australian Council of Education Leaders (ACEL) joint awards included:
- Glen Innes Public School: Nikki Lee, Assistant Principal – award for outstanding emerging educational leader.
- Drummond Memorial Public School: Karayuna Learning Centre – award for empowerment through education.
- Sandon Public School: Carolyn Gadd, Teacher – award for a significant contribution to education.