Natalie McLennan 
Head of Greenways

B Ed (Visual Arts)

Natalie McLennan was appointed the Head of Mentone Grammar’s Year 9 Greenways Campus in 2012. Over the course of that year, she applied extensive research and her experience in education to design a program and space which supports the specific developmental needs of Year 9 students. The campus opened in 2013 and has been an outstanding success with exceptional student achievement and increased enrolments. Natalie maintains the excellence of the program by seeking regular feedback from students, parents and staff to ensure it continues to meet the changing needs of adolescents at this stage in their lives. 

Growing up in East Malvern, Natalie inherited a passion for teaching from her father, who held a senior position at a local independent school for over 40 years. She attributes her career progression into educational leadership to his positive role modelling and encouragement. After graduating from school, Natalie went on to study a Bachelor of Education in Visual Arts at Melbourne University, majoring in Photography and Design. She began her career working in Packaging Design with the Coles Myer Group before pursuing her passion for teaching in 2001.  

Natalie joined Mentone Grammar in 2006 teaching Visual Arts, Studio Art and Visual Communication Design in middle and senior years. Throughout her time at Mentone Grammar, Natalie has been involved in many different areas across the School including the Head of White House, a swimming coach, cadets, set design for productions, hiking and countless camps. Her exceptional rapport and connections with students and leadership skills led her into senior pastoral care roles, where her true love lies. Natalie was also a recipient of the Ian Webster Scholarship which enabled her to embark on a research trip to Finland, a global leader in the PISA assessment, to explore their teaching and learning approaches.

Natalie is especially passionate about Mentone Grammar for the impact it has had on both of her daughters. Her eldest, Chloe, has recently graduated and Sasha is a current student. When Natalie is not in Greenways, she is spending time with her husband, Rod, and the girls. She places a high value on physical fitness for positive wellbeing and trains each day as a source of wellbeing. She role models the benefits of being active and maintaining a wholesome, healthy diet for her girls as she does for her students in Greenways.    

Natalie plans to further develop her expertise in educational psychology and leadership by studying her Masters degree.

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