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Andrea Stringer

With international teaching experience, Andrea has a global perspective on education. Credentialed in Washington and California, she is also qualified by the BOSTES (K-6). Andrea has a Master of Education that focused on primary Mathematics and a Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education. In 2015, she completed the 'Art of Leadership' at Harvard University in Boston. Andrea received a fellowship from Wenona School and was also awarded the Keith Tronc Award for Outstanding Teacher Leadership from ACEL. As a professional learning coach and a PhD student, Andrea believes that an educator's professional learning should be personalised and empowering.

When did you first engage with ACEL?

My friends Matt Esterman and Cameron Paterson introduced me to ACEL a few years back and I became a member in early 2015.

How has being an ACEL member affected your leadership/your career?

I can design my own professional learning by selecting from the opportunities ACEL provides such as international conferences, publications, and online programs.

What do you find the most valuable aspects of being involved with a professional association like ACEL?

The Australian Education Leader magazine is delivered each term, which offers a variety of quality literature that reflects current research and innovation. The reputable authors ACEL attains produce relevant articles that are informative and applicable. These articles help sustain my curiosity and my love for learning.

Receiving emails and information about upcoming workshops and events makes it easier to determine how they can assist in achieving my professional learning goals. Attending the ACEL conference in Sydney last year provided the opportunity to connect with local and international professionals. Attending these conferences allows for new learning opportunities and opens dialogue to views and ideas that are not confined by specific contexts or circumstances.

What have been your career highlights/greatest achievements?

In the beginning of 2015, I was accepted to Harvard to attend the ‘Art of Leadership’ course. Following this I was very fortunate to be awarded the Wenona Fellowship, which provided the opportunity to travel to the US. Before I attended my course in Boston, I visited and learnt from other schools and universities in New York. From Boston I flew to Philadelphia to attend ISTE where I met with many educators I had connected with via Twitter.

2015 was an amazing year for me professionally. It was very humbling to receive the Keith Tronc Award for Outstanding Teacher Leadership and I'm very grateful to ACEL for this recognition. It was also inspiring to see ACEL support emerging voices in educational leadership by awarding the 'New Voice Scholarships'. I think it is vital that we support new teachers and new leaders. All these events contributed to identifying my passion for building teacher capacity. I have recently commenced my PhD at the University of Wollongong with a focus on coaching in education.

What leadership tips/advice would you offer to your colleagues in education?

The leadership advice I would offer beginning teachers and experienced leaders is to find yourself someone who pushes, yet supports you. Don’t wait for people to offer, but seek out a coach. While I was provided a mentor in my first two years teaching in California, I continually seek the advice and guidance of others and I am very grateful both professionally and personally for their contributions. ACEL provides the opportunity to seek a mentor or to mentor others. I believe networking and connecting helps one develop professionally and contributes to the success of teachers and leaders.

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