THE top job at Moama Anglican Grammar is a first for Carmel Spry — and it’s been 27 years in the making.
With almost three decades as an educator under her belt, Carmel is embracing her first position at the helm.
Growing up in Tamworth and studying to become a teacher in Sydney, Carmel has worked in Brisbane, Melbourne, Hamilton and most recently in Coffs Harbour.
She made the switch to teaching after struggling to find fulfilment in her previous business role.
“Education felt like a natural fit for me. I’ve always been passionate about learning and teaching seemed like the right option,” she said.
“I’ve always loved how education opens doors and leads people down paths that may not have otherwise been available.”
Carmel said she was looking forward to learning more about the school in her new role and hoped to build on its strong reputation.
“It is my commitment to see every student leave Moama Anglican Grammar with options whether that be for continual learning or life in the workforce,” she said.
“Young people need to be empowered to make choices so they’re not trapped in a certain path. Students need to be well rounded and involved in the community, whether their passion lies in sport, art or culture – that connection to community is very important.”
After researching the area and the school, Carmel said she was pleasantly surprised by the easy access to facilities and warmth of locals.
“I’m loving Echuca-Moama from what I’ve seen so far,” she said. “Everything you want is here, it’s great for my family and it’s close to Melbourne.
“And it’s a privilege to step into a school with such a breadth of curriculum in sport, music, drama and the overall development of young people. My goal is to build on the strong reputation of the school and use my experience to enhance it.”