Desley Pfeffer

Principal, Mount View High School (Winner of Best Student Wellbeing Program 2019 at the Australian Education Awards)

Desley Pfeffer is in her 8th year as Principal at Mount View HS but currently on secondment as a Principal in Residence with the NSW Department of Education’s Employee Performance and Conduct Directorate. Desley’s career has included appointments as a teacher of Japanese language and consultancy positions in middle year’s literacy and numeracy, foreign languages, and curriculum, training and development.

In addition to Teacher Performance, her professional interests are in student and staff wellbeing, especially so in Positive Education. She is a foundational Committee member of the NSW chapter of PESA (Positive Education Schools Association) and, under her leadership, Mount View HS was recently the winner of the “Best Student Wellbeing Program” at the Australian Education Awards. The school also was the recipient of the Outstanding Partnership Award at the 2019 NSW Youth Works Awards for an anti-bullying review project.  Desley is looking forward to extending her leadership skills at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Principals’ Centre in Australia: Leadership for School Excellence” in January.