Principals' Fellowship Program 2019-2020

Principals' Fellowship Program 2019-2020

Twenty principals have been invited by the Director General to join the Western Australian Public School Principals’ Fellowship Program for 2019-20.

Fellowship Program participants 2019-20

Jacqueline Barry
Onslow Primary School

Rick Firns
School of Special Education Needs: Sensory

Eloisa Goss
Darkan Primary School

Darren Greaves
Maida Vale Primary School

Weston Jackson
Millars Well Primary School

Keyla Jeffers
Poynter Primary School

Sinan Kerimofski
Vasse Primary School

Alen Kursar
Safety Bay Senior High School

Di Miller
Wandina Primary School

Louise O'Donovan
Beeliar Primary School

Gareth Palmer
Esperance Primary School

Sally Panizza
Western Australian College of Agriculture - Cunderdin

Danielle Roache
Boddington District High School

Jo Stephens
Beaumaris Primary School

Lesley Street
Mount Lawley Senior High School

Narelle Ward
Cassia Primary School

Cathy Willis
Lake Grace District High School

Kate Wilson
East Kimberley College

Leon Wilson
Broome North Primary School

Merrilee Wright
Gwynne Park Education Support Centre



This exciting and innovative program is part of our Western Australian Public School Leadership Strategy 2018-2021.

The principals undertaking the 2019-20 program come from a wide range of schools, and have extensive leadership experience in schools as well as other areas of public education. The principals who completed the 2016-17 and the 2017-18 programs are now Principal Fellows.

The program – which involves learning, mentoring and skills development as well as an international element at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education in Boston – positions principals to play a major role in leading further change and improvement in their schools as well as across our system.

It provides them with the opportunity to:

  • learn from the world’s best educators
  • work alongside innovative leaders and entrepreneurs
  • share educational research and best practice
  • develop a network of international connections
  • advance their leadership skills to benefit their schools
  • contribute to leadership and reform in our system.
Partnering with Harvard University

The program involves a partnership with Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It combines powerful learning opportunities with a range of unique leadership roles.

The partnership with Harvard Graduate School of Education is a unique opportunity for Western Australian public school principals to work with educational leaders from across the world. They join an innovative and collaborative community of exceptional faculty, students and alumni dedicated to improving lives and expanding opportunities through the comprehensive study and effective practice of education.

Harvard Graduate School of Education is particularly interested in the Western Australian leadership initiative. It is excited about the alignment of the fellowship with the broader strategy related to school autonomy, leadership development and school improvement.

The fellowship program places Western Australian principals at the forefront of innovation by learning from and networking with some of the world’s finest educational minds.