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`Proud and humble' Dromara principal is new UTU President

Stanley Poots

Stanley Poots

THE Principal of Dromara Primary School has taken over as the President of the Ulster Teachers Union (UTU).

Speaking at the organisation's annual conference in Newcastle's Slieve Donard Hotel Mr. Stanley Poots said he felt 'proud and humble'.

He pledged to do all in his power to "unite the voice of teachers and improve the lot of both pupils and staff".

"I am delighted my family and some members of my teaching staff are present and I will wear the chain of office with pride," he added.

Mr. Poots had represented his Union on a wide range of committees before being elected Vice-President last year.

He has been a strong campaigner for the rights of the primary sector and was an active leader of the 'Primary Principals of Northern Ireland'. This cross union group had the sole aim of seeking equality of funding with the post primary sector 'in the age of the Common and Revised Curriculum when the reasons for vast differentials could no longer be sustained'.

Mr Poots' philosophy is based on the personal approach and human contact.

"Talking to and caring for pupils and teachers must underpin all we try to do in our profession - the one 1 still believe is the greatest of all and a privilege to be part of," he said.

Mr. Poots began teaching in his native Dromore before becoming Dromara Principal more than 30 years ago.

He is married to Joyce and the couple have four sons.

Ulster Star