Martin Gill, new principal of Lismore Public School with some of the students.
Martin Gill, new principal of Lismore Public School with some of the students. Jacklyn Wagner

Tops with the kids

AFTER 17 years as a teacher, a prodigy of former Lismore Public school principal Vlad Knauss has landed the top job.

Martin Gill started last Monday as principal at Lismore public school and told the Northern Star he enjoyed a dream first week in the job.

Mr Gill, who worked under Mr Knauss at Casino West public school, was transferred from his position as principal at The Channon public school after Mr Knauss retired at the end of last term.

"The staff have been incredibly welcoming and wonderfully supportive because it's obviously a big change from the small school I came from," he said.

"My impression in the first week has been of a really, really impressive school that meets a whole heap of kids' needs with a really supportive staff and great structure.

"The kids have been wonderful and the parents have been lovely."

After growing up in Grafton, Mr Gill completed his teaching degree at Lismore's Southern Cross university and got his first posting as a teacher at Casino West public school.

From there he transferred to Ungarie Central school in the state's west as an executive teacher before transferring back to Casino West public where he was appointed assistant principal.

In 2002 he was transferred to Clunes public school as assistant principal.

He landed his first role as principal when he was transferred to The Channon public school in 2008.

The most valuable lessons Mr Knauss taught Mr Gill were commitment to children, to always be approachable to everybody, and to lead by example.

Mr Gill said he looked forward to enhancing the educational experience at Lismore public school for students, staff and parents.



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