As the Principal of the North East Metropolitan Language Development Centre for the past 30 years (yes … it’s true!), I have recently met with my Regional Executive Director to announce my decision to retire.
This decision was always going to be a difficult one for me to make because I guess the NEMLDC has been my ‘baby’ for so many years. Seeing the school grow from a tiny campus with 16 students, 3 teachers, 2 education assistants and a part time speech pathologist on the grounds of Hillcrest PS into what it is today, has been an amazing and enjoyable journey.
The school is now a two campus school with ~250 students, 32 teachers, 20 education assistants and 9 speech pathologists. It includes an Outreach Service with an outstanding reputation for the support it provides for the 155 schools it services. It fills me with great pride to have been a part of these significant improvements for all children experiencing difficulties with language development.
My years at the LDC have been professionally and personally rewarding and throughout that time there was never a day when I was not happy to get up and go to work. How lucky was I to have a career like that! Your children are all such wonderful individuals all requiring specific input to improve their educational and social outcomes. You are so fortunate to have such outstanding teachers, education assistants and speech pathologists that use their expertise to support them.
Working with you all as partners in the education of your children has also been extremely rewarding. I have great admiration for the way that so many of you deal with the numerous challenges that arise with children with language difficulties. I would especially like to thank those parents who have been involved in various ways that provide much appreciated support to the Principal. The P&C also contributes to the school and I would especially like to thank the President, Bronwyn Hughes and Committee; Amanda Hand, Kathy Gerace and Danelle Schafer.
A big thank you goes to Glenn Stroud, Chair of the School Board and the one responsible for helping me to steer the school towards IPS status. Other members who provide their voluntary but highly valued support are Brooke Sanderson (Community) Nadia Maso (Community) and Ben Gardener (Parent rep) and Anne Chew (Ex parent rep). Thanks so much.
My final day as Principal is August 24th and the substantive Principal will be appointed to the school for the commencement of Term 4. I am very appreciative of Sharlene May for the excellent job she has done as Acting Principal since the beginning of the year.
Finally, I would like to wish all parents and children at the NEMLDC the very best for the future.