Susan Bowden marks 16 years of service
Susan Bowden has devoted much of her life to children’s education. Beginning as a teacher of performing arts in Queensland, Susan was an assistant principal, worked with the Queensland Arts Council, and in the productive pedagogies unit of the Queensland Department of Education.
She joined the Northern Territory Department of Education as the principal of Gray Primary School.
Now the Executive Director of Education Policy and Programs, she has served the department for 16 years, and describes her career as “fulfilling, but at times complex” and an unmissable opportunity to help the “academic and social growth of Territory children and students”.
“I’m privileged to lead a team of 350 people who support our educators in the delivery of high quality teaching and learning from birth to Year 12,” she said.
“I deeply value the commitment of my team, and of our teaching workforce, who everyday ensure children and students are engaged and learning.
“Teachers are artists in education. To help children develop to their own unique potential is an art. Teachers invest heart, passion, creativity, emotion, expertise and experience.
“Children are our future, influenced by the teachers, families and communities around them. I’m proud to say that the Education Policy and Programs team play a key supporting role by providing quality services and programs across the Territory.”
The one-time general manager of Early Childhood Education and Care, and deputy chief executive of the department, believes every experience has equipped her to improve education in the Territory.
“My contributions are driven by my attributes of adaptability, dedication, creativity and enthusiasm,” she said.
“Professionally, I have so much more to learn, and I realise it’s important to be open to opportunities.”
Beyond work, Susan has an aspiration to better her time on the go-cart track, and as an adventure holidaymaker she is looking forward to a family trip to Cairns this month.
“It’s a time to snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef, zip-line in the Daintree, and joy ride in an army tank,” she said.
Susan and her husband Michael have two children, 10-year-old Xanthe and 8-year-old Ethan.