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Queen Margaret College Principal Announcement


Jayne-Ann Young has been appointed as the new principal of Queen Margaret College.

Jayne-Ann’s thirty-four years of experience in education has seen her teach in a variety of schools throughout New Zealand – co-educational, single sex boys, single sex girls, multi-cultural, high and low socio-economic schools.  She has also spent six years in education consulting and a year on secondment with the Ministry of Education.

Jayne-Ann is currently based in Abu Dhabi and Auckland and has been consulting with Cognition Education since 2011.   Her consulting work has focused on a professional development programme for teachers exploring the creation of innovation in the learning environment and has taken her to a broad range of schools and professional learning providers in Australia, United Arab Emirates, USA, Japan, Laos and the United Kingdom where she has gained strong insights into best practice in schools.

Prior to 2011, Jayne-Ann spent six years as Deputy Principal of Diocesan School for Girls in Auckland including, for periods during her tenure, four terms as Acting Principal. This time at Diocesan saw the introduction of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and the successful adoption of a dual qualification pathway.  Prior to Diocesan, Jayne-Ann had spent six years at coeducational state school, Glendowie College, as Head of Faculty for Social Sciences and as Director of Teaching and Learning.

As a teacher, Jayne-Ann was twice nominated for New Zealand teacher of the year award and has been a New Zealand delegate in Japan and South Korea, which led to the writing of one of the first Asian studies courses for a New Zealand high school.

On a personal note, Jayne-Ann has two adult children, who she refers to as ‘the joys of her life’. Her son Matt currently lives and teaches in Spain and her daughter Kate is completing her research year for her Masters in Health Policy.  The family has a much loved and spoilt spoodle, Cassie. Jayne-Ann hails from Southland originally and her mountains are the Remarkables and her river the Kawarau.
Jayne-Ann will commence her role at the College from 7 August and I am sure you will all join me in welcoming Jayne-Ann into our community.