From the hockey field to the halls of a state high school, Aleisha Neumann knows that there is more to leadership than just hard work. As an international hockey referee, umpire for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, and the first female hockey referee to umpire a top tier international men's game, Aleisha will discuss how her umpiring has assisted in developing her skills as a Head of Department, and vice versa. Including how to be accountable to yourself and your team, learning from mistakes, dealing with pressure, making difficult decisions and finding that healthy work/life balance.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER:
Aleisha has juggled a lot of roles and responsibilities over the last few years including Head of Department at Marsden State High School, Olympic hockey umpire, Hockey One Champion and Queensland Academy of Sport athlete. Aleisha has been teaching for 9 years and has taught in a variety of schools in both regional and metro settings. Currently she is working at Marsden State High School as the Head of Department for Year 12, working with a cohort of approximately 350 students through year 11 in 2020 and now into their final few weeks of high school.
Alongside a busy working career, Aleisha has had a very successful hockey career as both a player and umpire. Growing up in Toowoomba, she first started playing at 8 years of age and has played at state and national competitions, being selected in the Australian Country team in 2014 and 2015. In 2019, she was a member of the Brisbane Blaze team, who won the inaugural Hockey One competition. Aleisha has also umpired at a state, national and international level, representing Australia at numerous international tournaments, including the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, 2018 Hockey World Cup and 2018 Commonwealth Games. In 2019, Aleisha made history as the first female to umpire a top tier international men's game.