As Principal of Cecil Andrews College in Armadale, Stella has shown enormous tenacity to build a failing school (due to be shut down) into a model school in a very challenging local environment. She influenced WA and Federal politicians to build a brand-new STEM Centre at the school and be selected as the only P-Tech Pilot school in Western Australia. The school has a diverse ethnic base including a large proportion of indigenous students and has formed a direct link to the remote Tjuntjunjtarra Community near the South Australia border – with regular visits of students to Cecil Andrews College and to the Community as well. She has organised industry-based partnerships with Datacom, South Metro TAFE, Curtin University, Deloitte, HP, Austal, Civmec and Thales with regular student visits to these business premises. Skilling Australia are their industry liaison brokers. She has a hands-on approach on with her students and teachers and is continuously providing a role model to all students on the behaviour and expectations. She is removing the barriers for female students to enable them to move into any career they like, especially in the STEM career areas. Many of the outside speakers at the school are professional and successful women who inspire girls and encourage them to enter and achieve excellence in these areas.
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