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ROddy abady

Principal Secondary, Port Moresby Campus

2021-Kopkop Secondary School Principal PROFILE

Mrs Roddy Abady has 36 years of teaching experience, and is from East New Britain. She has five children.

She started her teaching career in 1985 and has a secondary school diploma from the University of Goroka, the then Goroka Teachers College.

She later did flexible learning through Divine Word University, doing a double degree in Religious Education and Education.

She successfully completed a Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of Waikato,  

New Zealand from 2014-2015.


She began her teaching career in Dregerharfen, Morobe Provice, then on to Malala – Madang

Due to her vast experience in secondary teaching, she was posted to Tusbab secondary to help support the school transition into secondary level. She later went back to Malala in 2003

From 2006 to 2011 she taught at Marianville Secondary and while preparing to take on further studies abroad for her Master’s, she also taught at Paradise High School and Jubilee Catholic Secondary School.

Following her Post-Graduate studies, Mrs Abady last taught at St. Joseph’s Catholic College where she initially under-studied the challenging nature of delivering a dual curriculum, the PNG and the New South Wales in 2017, before becoming a full-time teacher followed by her appointment as the English department Head.

This year, the accomplished Mrs Abady arrives at Kopkop College as the new secondary school principal, who will be responsible for around 40  staff and some 600 students (will confirm numbers later)

Its her first role as a secondary school principal, but its certainly not a new experience for the determined Mrs Abady, who loves teaching, learning and taking on challenges and getting everything organized.


The mother of five who has been able to juggle a career in teaching, a mom at home while yet managing to attain a double degree as a flexible learning student, is looking forward to a wonderful year working alongside the staff, parents and students of Kopkop College.



With COVID-19 around, we are trying to make sure that students are still on board using the platforms that are available through the internet, hence it is important that children continue to learn.

“However, we could still face obstacles because the home environment is totally different from the school environment and kids usually feel that once they are home, they are home because they are surrounded by gadgets, chores and differing home environment.

“We will face obstacles but having in place policies to manage student learning here in Kopkop, will help parents know what to expect from teachers and from the school.

“Learning however is not just for teachers to take on board, but it’s also for parents to make sure that the children are learning, she said as she encourages parents to sit down with their child physically monitor that they are doing their work or check that they have done their assigned activities.

“One of the things that I see is creating that learning culture that needs to be is fully embraced by the students; that they are attentive and have inquisitive minds”.

With her Masters in Education leadership, Mrs Abady also hopes to carry out in-services to her teachers to help them understand what leadership truly is about, which she says is about finding solutions and taking action.

Mrs Abady believes in working alongside her staff and ensuring they each learn from each other and contribute as a team, towards the well-being of a child.

She believes in fairness and an open working relationship aimed at developing and fostering responsible and successful teachers.

“The important thing is creating that good working relationship to develop that culture of togetherness.”

Mrs Abady describes Kopkop College as a vibrant learning place, and is amazed at the confidence found amongst the students.

“That is the kind of character that we need to build in students, let the students talk, let them express themselves.”

To conclude she says, “I feel privileged to be working here in Kopkop as this year’s school Principal for 2021.

“To the staff especially, they should not only regard me as a principal, but also as a team player who stands to take Kopkop forward. I look forward to working with every parent, student and teacher and I’m so happy to be here in Kopkop.”




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