EXCELLENT LEADERSHIP IN TEACHING AND LEARNING
Megan has been an educator for 21 years, 15 of which have been in substantive leadership positions in which she has consistently demonstrated drive and excellence.
Helensvale State High School Executive Principal Karen Lindsay says Megan has “a strong moral purpose and an unwavering belief that every student can succeed, as every teacher is capable of effective classroom practice with the right support”.
“Megan’s ability to drive the teaching and learning agenda in a very large, complex secondary setting is the most impressive I have witnessed in my 33 years in education,” Karen says.
Megan’s extensive professional understanding of the skills and knowledge students need to succeed and how they can best acquire them, is at the heart of the many and varied school-wide efforts she leads to support student learning.
Megan has partnered with the Department of Education’s IMPACT Centre and the University of Queensland’s Aspiring Thinkers Program to support the development of a bespoke, evidence-based, pedagogical framework that is reflective of her school’s vision, purpose and values. Now, the school has three or more trained Aspiring Thinkers in nearly every staffroom.
She has successfully led a number of critical school-wide initiatives to enhance teaching and learning across the school.
This has included her design and delivery of a series of professional development sessions for teachers by teachers, encouraging the staff at Helensvale State High School to become instructional leaders in their own right.
Megan also developed the Curriculum and Assessment Review Board to align and quality assure curriculum assessment. This was originally for the purposes of senior assessment, but the Board now plays an integral role in assessment across all years.
In response to COVID-19, Megan led the development of the school’s flexible and remote learning program, ensuring that at a time of immense uncertainty, the students at Helensvale State High had access to high quality learning and teaching programs.
Megan’s impact is felt more broadly across the community. Between 2017 and 2019 she was a delegate for the Department of Education South East Region’s Regional Director, responsible for providing strategic leadership to the development of an education precinct in Yarrabilba.
Between 2013 and 2015 she was a member of the Microsoft Partners in learning program, which provided professional learning for educational leaders Australia-wide in 21st century learning design. In this role, she was responsible for sharing her 21st century learning design leadership journey with a range of different schools.
Megan has proven she can deliver sustained improvements in student outcomes and teaching practice, and for this reason, she is admired and appreciated by students, staff and the Helensvale State High School community.
Congratulations Megan on being shortlisted for the TEACHX Excellent Leadership in Teaching and Learning Award.