Principal has passion for role
A flair for creativity and technology saw Dave Pauling whip up a replica of Time Magazine as a CV when he applied for the role of principal at Richmond View School in Blenheim.
The quirky job application from the 36-year-old husband and father of three proved to be successful.
After two years teaching at the school, Mr Pauling took over from former principal Adele Galloway on December 15.
Mr Pauling, a specialist information communication technology (ICT) teacher, has taught for 13 years in both private and state schools in Auckland such as King's Preparatory School, where he had a soccer team which included Prime Minister John Key's son Max.
His teaching experience at six different schools, including Whitney St in Blenheim, were a good foundation to work out what was "best practice" at Richmond View School.
Mr Pauling was looking forward to his new senior role and dealing with education from a different angle, having previously taught the year 4/5 class at Richmond View and run the school's media programme, which includes radio station Radio Zestoboom!
"I didn't want to be a principal for my whole career, but I'm passionate about this school. I was in the right place at the right time - I wasn't ambitious in that way," he said.
"I came here when I was in year 7 and I had no idea I'd be sitting here in this chair when I was a freckly-faced year 7."
Mr Pauling hoped to achieve three key objectives at the school: Christian worldview, excellence in education and future focus.
"I'm passionate about more kids using specialist tools in a 21st century world to ready them for a future that we don't know what looks like."
Aside from his hobbies of building guitars and restoring and driving classic cars such as his 1965 red Mustang, Mr Pauling relished the chance to spend time at his family bach with his wife and children and get creative via ICT.
As a youngster, Mr Pauling lived in Renwick for five years on the property now known as Forest Estate.
But instead of rows of grapevines, the house he grew up in was surrounded by braeburn apples.
- The Marlborough Express