Geraldton Principal chosen to join Harvard elite

Geraldton MLA Ian Blayney has congratulated former Rangeway Primary School teacher Jacquie Quartermaine, on being one of twenty of Western Australia’s best public school principals to be selected to follow in the footsteps of Harvard alumni such as Barack Obama and Ban Ki-moon thanks to a partnership with the prestigious American university. 

“This wonderful news and a great achievement for Ms Quartermaine. She will be an outstanding ambassador for both Geraldton and Western Australia 

“As a Rangeway Primary School Board Member who has worked closely with Ms Quartermaine, I know the knowledge and experienced she gains will be put to good use when she returns,” said Mr Blayney. 

Education Minister Peter Collier said the principals would travel to Boston in June to learn from the world’s best educators, after being accepted into an intensive course delivered by the Harvard Graduate School of Education with online learning and executive mentoring. 

“The modern principal not only needs to be an exceptional leader, but an entrepreneur with the vision to drive new ideas,” Mr Collier said. 

“The Harvard experience offers a rare opportunity for Western Australian principals to explore leadership in partnership directly with their counterparts from around the world.” 

The 20 principals, who were selected from more than 130 applicants, lead a range of metropolitan and country schools including Broome Senior High School, Swan View Senior High School and Rangeway Primary School in Geraldton. 

“These principals were chosen because they have made an outstanding contribution to public education,” the Minister said. 

“On their return, they will provide expertise in future reform and innovation across all public schools, including their own.” 

A further 20 principals will be selected for the Fellowship Program in 2017.