2016 Australia Day Honours List, Warren Marks OAM

Warren Marks has received an OAM for his service to education. Photo supplied

Warren Marks has received an OAM for his service to education. Photo supplied

GROWING Marrickville Primary and Enmore High School, Warren Marks said his parents guided him to a love of education.

He began his teaching career at age 19 after attending Balmain Teachers Training College and later went on to achieve a BA from Macquarie University and a Masters degree from UNE. On his retirement he wrote his doctorate thesis on the impact of change on 21st century retirement for principals.

“Principal ship and late career principal changes are an important aspect of any teaching career and I am interested in how retired teachers and principals can make a contribution after their careers have ended,” Mr Marks said.

The news that he had been honoured with an Australia Day award for services to education was a big surprise.

“I had no idea what the letter from Government House was about and was absolutely dumbfounded,” he said.

“I was beginning to think I should withdraw from some of my professional affiliations, such as the Australian College of Educators and the NSW branch of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders but now would like to continue my services to education throughout Australia.”

Highlanders honoured in the 2016 Australia Day Honours List:

Kathleen Bright OAM

Mitchell Hooke AM

Michael Ball AO 

John Wright AM

Colin Gelling OAM

Leah Day OAM

Lynne Dalton OAM

Terry Oakes-Ash OAM

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