Published on 7 February 2013
The former Head of Special Education Services and Deputy Principal of Gympie State High School will be taking the region’s students to the next level as a Lecturer in Education at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s new Gympie hub.
Rosemary Horn has started her appointment as Associate Lecturer in Primary Education at USC Gympie, where she is looking forward to boosting the skills and knowledge of the next generation of primary school teachers.
USC Gympie Manager Graham Young said Ms Horn would be a great asset to both USC and the Gympie community because of her extensive career experience and rapport with the region’s schools.
Ms Horn worked in special education at Education Queensland for 35 years, most recently at Gympie State High School for six years.
She recently gained an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) from USC and is excited to be starting work at the University at a time when she could be retiring.
“I’ve taught children from age zero to 18 in all areas of education and I’m interested in academia and research,” she said. “This role is so interesting in an area I know I can contribute to.”
The Eumundi resident said completing the EMBA at the University expanded her business knowledge in areas such as leadership issues, finance and human resources while also steering her career direction.
“I also want to start my PhD this year in the area of adult learners who are diagnosed with learning problems in university settings,” she said.
Ms Horn said USC’s move into Gympie would be fantastic for the town and surrounding region.
“It will encourage the youth to do tertiary education and that’s so important for the community,” she said. “USC is already changing the community’s whole outlook.”
She said she wanted to organise extensive work experience and mentorships between USC students and Gympie schools.
— Julie Schomberg