Garry Goltz, Principal, Gladstone Senior High School
As the principal at Gladstone Senior High School, Garry Goltz leads Central Queensland’s biggest school, which has more than 1,500 students. He took on this role after serving as principal of Toolooa Senior High School from 2014 to 2017, where he transformed the school from one languishing and struggling to the fastest-improving state high school in Central Queensland.
Prior to that, he led Moura Senior High School to become one of the fastest-improving schools in NAPLAN results across all of Queensland and transformed the school from an environment of disrespect and misbehaviour to one with close community links, strong values and positive behaviour. Goltz also spent six months as assistant regional director within the Central Queensland region in 2017 and was highly effective in leading principals to develop their capacity for school leadership.