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7 Questions with Tania Hurley

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7 Questions with Tania Hurley

Name: Tania Hurley

Current title: Junior Secondary Phase leader

Current organisation: Hatfield Christian School

I am a wife and mom of three children (14,12,10). I have been teaching for 18 years, at my current school for 7 years and in my current position for 3 years.

1. What have you found most challenging as a leader in the education sector?

The extremes in parenting- helicopter parents and those who abdicate responsibility

2. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

Mornings are busy as all three children come to school with me. My calendar largely determines the structure of my day. I do try to put time in for my own admin but this usually gets pushed into the evening.
After school and afternoon meetings I help my kids with homework and then we sit down together to have supper and some family time. One on one time with my husband, and then both of us work most evenings.

3. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?

I will make mistakes, own them, learn from them and move on.

4. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?

"Instruments in the redeemers hands" Paul Tripp
For me, leadership is about people. This book spoke of shepherding the hearts of people who are in your care as well as acknowledging the changes that need to take place in my own heart.

5. How do you find and keep great leaders in the education sector?

Spend time investing in and mentoring them. Do not create an organization that is centered around a person.

6. What's most important as a leader in the education sector for developing a culture of wellbeing in your staff and students?

Show that you care. Be present. Show your staff that you value them.

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader in the education sector so far?

None come to mind