Tena Koutou katoa, ko Allie McHugo toku ingoa. It is with delight that I find myself joining the Te Horo School community as the Principal/Tumuaki
He waka eke noa – We are all in this together.
I have had success in teaching and leadership over the last 26 years, as Principal, Assistant Principal, Team leader and teacher. I couldn’t have achieved this without the ‘together” summarised in the whakatauki above. This whakatauki sums up my approach to leadership, management, teaching and learning. Relationships are key to success in every aspect of life and they are the lifeblood of schools.
I have taught and led across the Kapiti Coast and spent three years as Principal of a small rural school – Glenorchy just outside Queenstown. My experience in Glenorchy was not only superb professional development but it gave our family an awesome opportunity to become New Zealanders, not just North Islanders.
As a leader I model the building of strong teams and am a positive member of a team. I am a leader who thrives in the development of those around me and the cultivation of teaching and learning. I believe that building good relationships with students, staff and the wider school community while maintaining both my professionalism and sense of humour are key to success.
I am 48 years old and live with my husband Ben on a lifestyle property in Manakau. We have three children, two who have flown the coop and one at home who is still to find his flight path. I have a love of reading, coffee, chocolate and am a budding potter.
I look forward to meeting you all and growing great learners for today and tomorrow together.