Meet The ConnectGV Board of Directors
Janet Gill Kirkman
Board Member, 2013 - present
Janet Gill Kirkman was a school principal for 17 years. She led Gowrie St. Primary School in Shepparton for 7 years. For the next 5 was a Regional Network Leader in North East Victorian Region, supporting 35 Principals and schools, to achieve the best outcomes possible. Janet completed her career leading a large Specialist school in Shepparton with 200 students with Intellectual Disability from age 3 - 18 years and 75 staff.
Janet never shied away from leading school's with vulnerable cohorts including students from impoverished backgrounds, students with English as Additional Language, indigenous learners, students with disabilities and those with highly complex behaviours.
Janet's focus in her schools was to enhance teaching and learning and student wellbeing, believing both are interdependent. She strongly believed in the power of observation and feedback to continually improve teacher practice and the necessity to 'open the classroom doors' to peers and leaders for observation. Janet trained multiple principals in Alice Springs, including those at the 'School of the Air' in the process and benefits of Classroom Observation. Another tenet of Janet's leadership was to ensure common frameworks across the school in developing instructional models, planning, learning sequences, assessment and moderation to enable all staff to be 'on the same page.'
Janet believes successful schools and organisations begin with the leader, who must have a constant visible presence, a clear vision, high expectations that are modelled and a personal, welcoming approach to all members of the school community; parents, students, staff and visitors. She believed ‘growing her staff’ and building on their strengths to constantly learn and improve was vital to each organisation she led.
She has a Masters of Leadership and Literacy and has never stopped learning. A broad sporting background, including representing Victoria in both netball and basketball and 20 years coaching experience also taught her valuable leadership lessons. After ‘retiring’ in 2019, today Janet mentors 19 school leaders across the state. Janet joined the ConnectGV board in 2013.
A school principal for 17 years and a leader in our community.
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