AFTER spending 20 years in the role of principal across Shepparton and Echuca, 12 of those at Bourchier Street Primary School, Judy Park hung up her principal hat on Friday last week and is eager to start her next adventure.
While she will be moving on from Shepparton, Judy’s teaching journey is not coming to an end just yet, with her plans seeing her take an extended stay in Vietnam, where she may work to teach English as a second language to orphanages and schools.
Judy spoke with The Adviser about her time at Bourchier Street Primary School, explaining she had always had a passion for schooling.
“When I went to teacher’s college I loved learning and teaching others to learn was a natural progression.
“What inspires me are the teachers I work with. They are passionate about the work they do and enthusiastic about helping the children. The whole educational journey is very exciting.
“A school yard is an interesting place to be. Every day there is a hilarious thing that goes on. I think my favourite though has been the kids’ innocence. Being able to see the world through their eyes is inspiring and the most humorous thing.
“Bourchier Street Primary School is a fantastic school and the work that happens there will continue on through the work of the dedicated team.
“Denise Howley will be taking on the role of principal. We both have the same passion and drive for state education so it is nice to know I am leaving the school in good hands.”