New head for Alva Academy
Hamish Hutchinson • Published 28 Aug 2012 16:05
FIRST year pupils weren't the only ones starting fresh at Alva Academy last week - so was new head teacher Sharee MacKerron.
The 53-year-old joined the school from Broughton High School, Edinburgh, where she had been senior depute head for the past three years.
She takes over from former rector John Meney who retired in June.
Sharee said she plans to build on the work of Mr Meney and "move the school forward".
The mother-of-two said, "I want to make aspirations for the young people, the teachers and the parents, become a reality.
"My ambition is that every young person derives the maximum benefit from the highest quality educational experience possible so not only do they achieve the very best they are capable of but that they also take with them life-long learning skills, confidence, will power and goal setting abilities into the future.
"In essence the young people will leave Alva Academy as, thoughtful people equipped to play an effective role in our global society and their local community.
"Being a Head Teacher of a school is a great privilege and I am looking forward to the challenges and rewards that go with it. The message I have given to staff is that we are good, but we can always get better."
Originally from Auchterarder, Perthshire, Sharee began her 23-year teaching career as a chemistry teacher in Northallerton Grammar School in North Yorkshire. She moved to Stockton-on-Tees and then returned to Scotland as depute head teacher at Perth Academy. Broughton followed before landing the job in Clackmannanshire.
Welcoming her, Councillor Ellen Forson, Convenor of Education, said, "She brings with her a wealth of experience in teaching, both north and south of the border, as well as having worked previously in rural communities.
"I am sure that she will prove to be a very capable successor to Mr Meney and continue to take Alva Academy forward."
This article appeared in Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser 28 Aug 12
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