Did you always want to be be a school principal? My family inspired me to be a teacher long ago. My grandfather and father were also principals, and my mother and sister worked in education. During my second year at university, I taught history part-time to a group of Form Four and Five students, which I enjoyed. It helped consolidate my career plan. The experience gave me confidence: I could teach students well and they understood my classes. It confirmed that education was for me. I have enjoyed my 18 years of teaching at Pui Ying. I was initially vice-principal, and when the former principal retired, I took up the post. What is the most demanding part of a principal's job today? Being a principal is very challenging and involves many aspects from administration to personnel. A principal has to make sure colleagues share a vision and have a sense of mission. It's very important to build up team spirit. The principal has to face the Education Department, new education innovations and new policies. Yet, the principal can't work things out alone; she must motivate the whole school to run in the same direction. Describe your style of headship. I have a lot of interaction and communication with teachers, staff and students. What do you enjoy as a school head? Seeing the school constantly improve makes me very happy. What has been the most memorable moment of your career? Some Form Seven students appreciated their teachers so much that even though they knew how difficult teaching could be, they still wanted to take up the profession. What would you like people to remember about you? That the school and I love and care for everyone. How do cope with the pressures of your job? Job satisfaction compensates for the pressures of my work. Still, sometimes I share my pressure by talking with brothers and sisters of my church, having breakfast with my teachers or even chatting with my two daughters. I also restore my spirit by reading when I have time. What would you like to tell your students? Try your very best in every task and seek every opportunity to learn. Take part in various activities, such as singing and drama competitions. The goal isn't to win a prize, but to expose yourself more to the world. What would you like to tell your teachers? Love your students as if they were more important than yourself. Your heavy workload makes it hard, but try your best. Also, pay attention to education reform and new developments. Keep your eyes open to changes in the world, and seek to know your position. Finally, I appreciate the work you have done. Any tips for principals? Teachers are being overloaded with work. Support them by showing appreciation. They won't mind being given even more work, as long their effort is recognised. Be an accessible principal, listen and discuss more, open your door and invite conversation at any time. In addition, when you demand something of your teachers, first demand it of yourself. Ask if you have set the best example for the school.