Mary Asikas Makes The Grade With Stanford Who’s Who
ADELAIDE, SA, AUSTRALIA, May 31, 2012 /Stanford Who’s Who/ -- Mary Asikas has earned recognition in the exclusive ranks of premier professionals at Stanford Who’s Who, as a result of her exceptional effort in the education industry. Throughout her brilliant professional career, Mary has routinely exhibited the passion, vision and dedication necessary to be mentioned among the elite.
Mary, who has over 29 years of experience in the field, currently serves as Principal of Hallett Cove School, which is a public school located in the southern coastal suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia. She is fully committed to making a difference in the lives of students and building the capacity of her staff. In heading the school, Mary utilizes her 11 years of teaching experience as well as her experience in leadership roles in district office and positions held in central/regional offices.
Mary’s challenge has been to transform schools so they can incorporate the new dimensions and learning available for the 21st Century learner and also how innovation is enabled. Mary’s innovation explores how a school can think differently about the way a distributive leadership model can work with people and construct organisational systems needed for innovation to transform the school from a commonly known 20th century model. Mary’s belief is that top down leadership and 19th century organisational structures are not likely to achieve the greatest school transformation. New approaches to leadership are needed and Mary has implemented these new innovations now in two schools. The innovation at her last 2 schools breaks away from a traditional leadership structure, and is currently focused on subjects fit for a large degree management. Leadership is restructured to reflect a contemporary leadership structure, based on 21st Century agendas to better meet the needs of students and the community. It is a shift from Management to Educational Leadership in terms of how leaders direct the school. The school she is in is presently going through a transformational process of setting new and original directions.
Mary has a high national profile in Australia, based on her work in transforming schools. She is known for her inventive leadership capacity and is the recipient of a range of national awards. Mary was awarded a Fellowship of the Australian College of Educators in 2009 and an ‘Educational Leadership Medal’ from the Australian Council of Educational Leadership in the same year. In 2007 Mary’s previous school, Seaford 6-12 School, was awarded two national awards from the Australian Government Quality Schooling Awards. One for Best National Achievement Award in the ‘Excellence in School Improvement’ category and the second for the Federal Ministers Inaugural ‘Medal of Distinction’, Most Outstanding Best National Achievement.
From her success Mary has been able to publish several articles in Australian education journals which are highly respected.
- Asikas, M, Education Today magazine, ‘Passion and Commitment to Pastoral Care Programs’. A magazine for Today’s Educators, Issue; 10 August, 2010.
- Asikas, M, ACEL The Australian Educational Leader magazine, “Assessment for Learning Framework’ September, Volume 32 Number 3, 2010.
- Asikas, M, ‘Australian Education Reform’ February 2010, Education Review. Australian College of Educators Publication.
- Asikas, M, ‘School Improvement Isn’t Easy’ March 2009, The Australian Educational Leader, Volume 31 Number 1 2009 Australian Council for Educational Leaders.
- Asikas, M & Jones S, 2008 ‘It’s A Teaming Thing’, Professional Educator, Volume 8 Number 1, March.
- Asikas, M, (2007, Spring Edition), ‘Restructuring Leadership to Transform School Culture’. Published in The Journal for Australasian School Leaders, Leadership in Focus.
- 7. Asikas, M, Paper No. 10, 2007, ED Venture Series, Australian Council of Educators, ‘Communities of Practice Driving a Culture of Whole School – Reform, Inquiry and Sustainable.
During her collegiate career, Mary earned a Master’s degree in Leadership and Management from Flinders University. She is currently in the process of working towards a Doctorate degree in Education from the University of South Australia. Mary is a member of the Australian College of Educators, Australian Council of Educational Leaders, and the South Australia Secondary Principal Association.
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