Rick Whalley – Principal, Lake Rerewhakaaitu School

Rick is an experienced educational leader and classroom teacher with more than two decades of experience as a principal in New Zealand schools. In his role as a Principal, Rick has led whole school change, staff development, strategic planning and review, developed collaborative networks with other schools and worked effectively with school communities. Rick was instrumental in the establishment of the VLN Primary School through developing early online learning connections between schools and in his persistent lobbying to the Ministry of Education over a period of many years to support this initiative.