Numurkah principal makes education Hot List

By Ashlea Witoslawski

A passion for innovation and country education were key factors landing Numurkah Secondary College principal Paul Tozer on the The Educator’s annual Hot List 2018.

Mr Tozer is one of 53 individuals from across Australia acknowledged for their outstanding efforts in the education industry.

This is the first year Mr Tozer has made the list, an honour he was delighted to have received.

‘‘It’s always nice to be recognised and know we are on the right track,’’ he said.

Originally from Swan Hill, Mr Tozer moved to the area to take on a leading teacher role at Mooroopna Secondary College.

After three years, Mr Tozer took on the role of assistant principal at Numurkah SC, before spending the past four years as principal of the school.

Mr Tozer was recognised for his lead in creating a thriving school community and the development of highly engaged students and staff connected to learning.

With about 260 students and 40 staff members, Mr Tozer is proud of the positive atmosphere and connection reported by those at the school.

‘‘Both the students and staff are happy to come here,’’ he said.

Mr Tozer was also recognised for his development of clinical practice rooms at the school, enabling teachers to engage in productive self-reflection.

He said the inclusion of fish-eye cameras recording visuals and audio from within classrooms had proven to be an outstanding tool for building teaching capacity.

‘‘It allows the teachers to reflect on their practice,’’ he said.

This year Mr Tozer also took on the role as chair of Northern Goulburn Network, which includes 52 primary, secondary and special schools across the region.

He said the network was involved in shaping the direction of education and developing the capacity of teachers and their engagement in the area.

‘‘I wanted to also have a hand in education at a system level,’’ he said.

With two children, aged three and five, Mr Tozer is passionate about creating the best educational opportunities for young people.

‘‘It’s important to create authentic learning experiences,’’ he said.

‘‘I like the community of a country school and being involved in creating those links.’’

Mr Tozer believed being named in the Hot List 2018 was a reflection of his whole school and he was looking forward to integrating more technology with a strong focus on the basics of literacy and numeracy in the future.

‘‘This is an award for all the staff at Numurkah,’’ he said.