Charlene Reid has demonstrated exceptional leadership as a Principal and brings with her a real passion for learning and making a genuine difference in the lives and education of students through continuous improvement and learning initiatives.
Charlene comes to St Brendan’s, Lake Munmorah from the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. She is a deeply driven, innovative and faith-filled school leader with a remarkable ability to build strong relationships with staff, families and Parish. We talked to Charlene about what inspires her, how faith impacts her leadership style and what she hopes to do in her role.
What inspired your path into education?
I have a handful of family members who were and still are teachers who I looked up to whilst growing up. As a child I always knew I wanted to become a teacher to make a difference in the lives of children and families. Upon entering schools as a teacher, I met inspirational educationalists who have inspired my leadership journey, namely Mr Hansford who supported me and I have learnt so many skills for my toolbox.
How have you grown as a Principal?
I believe in being a life long learner as a student, as a teacher and as a Principal. Each school community I have been led have their unique qualities and I pride myself to getting to know the students, staff and community. My number one priority is the student, therefore we as a staff community and family/parish community need to be on the same page and have the student at the centre of our focus.
How do you engage parents/ carers, students and staff?
I believe in transparent, open and honest communication. I would like to think of myself as being supportive and encouraging. I like to build the capacity of all staff members, allow student to achieve and support families and build partnerships with our parish.
What makes working within Catholic Schools Broken Bay different to working somewhere else?
Catholic Schools Broken Bay is student-centred.
How does your faith impact your leadership style?
My faith journey hopefully reflects my everyday interactions with those around me by the way I speak, act, listen and respond to others displaying Catholic values and promoting our school motto of “Alive in Christ”.
If we asked your closest friends, how would they describe you as a person?
Loyal, Caring, Energetic, Fun, Enthusiastic, Dedicated, Hardworking, Passionate
What do you hope to achieve as Principal at your school?
I am looking to continue to build on the wonderful work that has already begun at St Brendan’s with a particular focus on student achievement, parent and student engagement, learner diversity and ensuring a happy, safe and nurturing learning environment.
We are very excited to have Charlene on board. Please join us in welcoming Charlene to the Broken Bay community.