What’s your link to Townsville?
I moved to Townsville from Charters Towers to complete my Bachelor of Education studies at James Cook University. I met my wife-to-be while studying at JCU and I was fortunate enough to take up a teaching position in Townsville when I graduated at Bohlevale State School. This led to me taking on an Acting Principal position at Millaroo State School (in the Burdekin) before heading to Halifax State School (outside Ingham) as Principal in 2009. I was 22 and one of my superiors commented I was the youngest principal at the time.
What does your work involve now?
I’m currently Deputy Principal at Kawungan State School in Hervey Bay where my I’m part of a large team that guides over 900 students. I’ve also undertaken Masters of Education (Leadership) studies to enhance my knowledge and skills. My wife Kelly and I are enjoying living in Hervey Bay, the gateway to Queensland’s whale-watching scene and Fraser Island. We’re fortunate enough to have established a wonderful friendship group and also have some family members close by. Last year we were lucky enough to take time off work and travel throughout Europe for six months. We love spending our time exploring exciting new places and enjoying great food.
How did your time in Townsville set you up for success?
Townsville provided the opportunity to study and work surrounded by family and friends. It also gave me my first job and the chance to pursue promotional opportunities in the surrounding areas. We get the chance to visit Townsville a few times a year as our family still live in and around the area. It’s always a pleasure to go home and discover how Townsville has developed.