Riverside's new DP loves Coast

AT THE height of his teaching career, Stuart Taylor decided to move more than 3000km and make a new home on the Fraser Coast.

And he couldn’t be happier with his decision.

The new deputy principal of Riverside Christian College is more than impressed with his new workplace and is excited about his future at the school.

He will teach four wood technology classes a week but will spend most of his time in a leadership role.

Mr Taylor was previously deputy principal at a large independent school in Darwin.

He moved in mid-December, in the middle of a cyclone, and his life has been a whirlwind since.

“There was five inches of rain the day we left,” he said.

“We travelled for a few weeks and arrived here mid-January.

“We lived in a caravan until we moved into our new house in the middle of the first week of school.”

Living on the east coast again means Mr Taylor is closer to his daughter, who is at university at Lismore.

His two sons are in high school at Riverside.

Making such a big move was a huge decision, more so because of Mr Taylor’s success in the Northern Territory.

Last year he completed a Masters degree and was also awarded the Northern Territory Independent Schools Teaching Excellence award.

One of the highlights of his time in Darwin was travelling to a remote indigenous community in the Gulf of Carpentaria to oversee some work his trade training students were undertaking there.

His teaching career has spanned 24 years but Mr Taylor still finds it immensely rewarding.

“I love the fact that we change kids’ lives,” he said.

“Our job is to change human beings and it’s an enormous responsibility.”

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