Principal leads from the front

Principal Gary Anderson. d426637
Principal Gary Anderson. d426637

Mr Anderson is a finalist in the 2014 WA Education Awards WA Secondary School Leader of the Year category.

Mr Anderson, who has spent six years as principal at Lynwood, said he became a sports teacher in 1980 because he loved tennis coaching and mentoring.

He said he loved working with staff who were passionate about helping students reach their potential and seeing those students grow into young adults who would be ‘fabulous members of our community.’

Mr Anderson said he aimed to create a learning environment with diverse opportunities and a sense of community. He attributed his success to developing clear visions and directions for the school and the staff.

‘I can’t deny that it is an honour and a privilege to be nominated and recognised,’ Mr Anderson said.

‘The school’s solid place and respect that we enjoy in the community at present may reflect my leadership, but it has been the hard work of the staff and the response by the students that has lifted the profile of the school.’

Winners are announced in December.

Each winner receives $25,000 with a portion to be spent on professional learning.