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NESLI Leaders in Action: tanya price

Tanya Price began in school administration almost a decade ago and has steadily grown her career in school business administration. Since completing the Business Administrators Schools Colloquium, she has a newfound confidence to lead her team to success. She has also established a larger professional network of like-minded peers.

I have worked with the Education Directorate in Canberra for eight years now. I commenced as a School Assistant in the admin department of a high school, with duties including office tasks, student locker management, stationery orders and coordination of publications such as the school newsletter. I became interested in furthering my career about six years ago, and looking at positions that gave me more managerial duties. I started my role as Business Manager at Macgregor Primary School in January 2016.

I thoroughly enjoy my position. I adore spending time with the entire school community but especially the students and staff; no day is ever the same. Life in a school is always hectic but also enjoyable, challenging and rewarding.

There were many ideas and thoughts shared during my time in the Business Administrators Colloquium, which I found incredibly inspirational. These concepts have provided me with many ideas I can apply when developing my own staff. The information and tools provided regarding dealing with difficult conversations were a stand out for me, as it is an area where I struggle. Many others in our group seemed to have the same issue. I definitely feel more confident in this area and more prepared to approach these conversations when they need to happen.

Not having had any experience with online learning previously, I was unsure about the whole webinar experience at first. But I actually found it very enjoyable. It was an excellent way to meet people in our local school system in Canberra, and also people across Australia. In a way, the webinars really strengthened the relationships I have with people that I work within the Canberra education system. I now have a stronger connection with these individuals and a much stronger professional network.

Post the colloquium I do not believe my leadership style has changed, I just feel incredibly more confident in myself and my ability to manage more complex situations. I now have many ideas and strategies on how to assist my staff and others in their dealings with each other and our students. I now have the confidence to host a PD for my staff and to share these skills and abilities with them.

Tanya Price is Business Manager at Macgregor Primary School in Canberra. Tanya completed the Business Administrators Colloquium.

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