Kerry and Sharon’s story

Sharon and I worked together at a previous school for about ten years, as leading teachers and assistant principals, before becoming the co-principals at Sussex Heights in 2013. Having returned from family leave, we were

Joint principals, Sussex Heights Primary School

Sharon and I worked together at a previous school for about ten years, as leading teachers and assistant principals, before becoming the co-principals at Sussex Heights in 2013. Having returned from family leave, we were conflicted by the competing desires to continue our careers and be at home with our young children. While keen to apply for principal positions, we wanted to do so in a part-time capacity. We saw colleagues around us successfully applying for principal positions and thought, “Why not us?” and “Why not part-time?”

Attending the AEU’s annual Flexible Work Options seminar, we heard stories from teachers and leaders who worked part time in schools, and engaged in discussions about flexible work arrangements.

The event was timely: we made a conscious decision to begin our journey in applying for a part-time principal position. The AEU provided a great starting point, assisting us through a network of contacts and support, as we debated the best way to proceed. We hope to now reciprocate the support we received, supporting others in their endeavours, knowing that together we can achieve more.

… In providing us with an informed perspective, the AEU continues to empower us to make better decisions, for ourselves and our school.

The AEU has not only offered support and professional learning throughout our careers, but in providing us with an informed perspective, the AEU continues to empower us to make better decisions, for ourselves and our school. It is not necessarily about providing the answers but rather offering another perspective and keeping our eyes open to possibilities.