Delwyn Riding left Moturoa Primary School in 1985 looking to expand her career opportunities – now she has returned in the top job.
“I worked here some years back and I vowed then to make it my dream to return,” said Ms Riding, who will combine teaching with her new role as principal.
“Principals are the leaders of learning. Unless we know what is happening, how can we actually lead the learning?”
Born and raised in New Plymouth, Ms Riding has more than 30 years teaching experience but this is her first job as principal.
The 51-year-ol was only a week into a job as assistant principal at Waihi Central School when she was offered the position at Moturoa.
“I never thought I would get a job here, so I moved away making a career choice. I was on top of the word [when told she had the job]. It’s been a dream of mine.”
Ms Riding, who holds a master’s in education, said her strengths were “in the area of special needs, mathematics, physical education, Maori education and outdoor education.”
She succeeds Martin Jordan, who retired in April after nine years as principal, and has plans to keep the school moving forward.
One initiative is to personally visit the home of every child attending the school and meet their families.
“People come first and are important. Education is about people and interacting with the environment in a positive way to make a difference.”
Ms Riding said she was proud to become involved with the Trees for Survival and enviro-schools programmes, which were unique to Moturoa School.
This article was published in the North Taranaki MidWeek on June 12, 2013