LEANNE Preece has exchanged one school for 20.
The one - Weeroona College - is now without a permanent principal after Ms Preece moved into a new role, helping teachers across north west Victoria.
She had led the college for 11 years.
Ms Preece said she was sad to leave Weeroona College, but has loved getting out into new schools this week.
She will be working as student achievement manager to help teachers support young people falling below the average in reading and numeracy.
The area covers from Wycheproof, to Swan Hill, out to Castlemaine and Maryborough.
Ms Preece said she looked forward to watching from the side as Weeroona College flourished.
It's that absolute passion for making a difference in the lives of young people. That's what led me into leadership roles.Leanne Preece
The school has changed a lot in her 11 years as principal. Ms Preece oversaw a building project during her early years in the school.
Buildings are one thing, but it's the progress in people that's made the difference.
Ms Preece said she was proud of how much the staff's capacity had increased.
"They work really collaboratively now, we've developed trust among them all, they love working in teams," she said.
"They're just getting stuck into it and working really hard."
Ms Preece is also proud of Weerona College's second learning campus, the Bendigo Flexible Learning Option.
The campus picks up about 50 young people who are disengaged from school, or likely to disengaged. It's located in commercial premises in Kangaroo Flat.
Ms Preece has spent 20 years as either a principal or assistance principal.
Having studied at Wedderburn Primary and High schools, she's always been committed to state education and opportunities for young people, she said.
Ms Preece's new role is in the same space, equipping others to better help students.
"I've always advocated for vulnerable young people, and I guess that's what's led me to take up this role," Ms Preece said.
"It's that absolute passion for making a difference in the lives of young people. That's what led me into leadership roles."
Jason Bysouth will act as principal until a new leader is appointed.
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