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MAREEBA State High School’s Gifted and Talented Program has been a major component of the school’s sustained academic success since its inception in 2006, and it now has a fresh face at the helm.

Stefanie Prizmic is this year’s Gifted and Talented Coordinator, taking over the role from the highly respected Christina Ellacott who retired last year.

Mrs Prizmic began her teaching career in 2008 at Cairns State High School and was there until 2014, before taking time off for family commitments.

Mrs Prizmic returned to teaching last year in a part-time capacity at MSHS, and it was then she noticed the enormous impact the Gifted and Talented Program has on the school’s students.

“I saw what Christina did in the role and it was something I was confident I would really enjoy,” she said.

“I was a business and maths teacher during my time at Cairns High, so to be in a completely different role that will challenge me is exciting.

“I look forward to the diversity the position will bring – providing students with pathways and opportunities to achieve success is a key factor as to why I wanted to be the Gifted and Talented Coordinator.”

Mrs Prizmic noted that a high bar has been set by her predecessor.

“Christina Ellacott was in this position for more than a decade, and I definitely have big shoes to fill,” she said.

“She has left a fantastic foundation for me to work with and I want to thank Christina for assisting me in my transition into the role.”

“I have some great ideas for the program and the school that will eventuate in due time; however for the moment I’m just focused on finding my feet and settling in here.”

Mrs Prizmic said she would like to recognise the school’s Deputy Principals Mandy Lindsay and Lesa Pershouse, Principal Scott Whybird and Rita Tessaro and Lucy Daly for providing her with such a wonderful support network at the school.

Caption: MSHS welcomed their new Gifted and Talented Coordinator, Stefanie Prizmic, who has taken over the role from the well-respected Christina Ellacott who retired last year.

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