After 20 years of teaching at the school and 18 months of being an acting principal, Jawaad Holland is now rocking the big chair of Norman Henshilwood High in Constantia.He was recently officially appointed as the principal.Holland says the journey to this achievement has been a long and rocky one, but through dedication he has made it this far. He started his career in teaching in 1993, a year after graduating. His first job was away from his comfort zone as he ended up moving to Ixopo in KwaZulu-Natal, leaving his whole family behind in Athlone.“You will remember things were not easy in those times. I could not find a job and I had to move to KwaZulu-Natal. There I started as a school governing body teacher. Since then I worked my way up. I joined this school in 1998 – it fitted perfectly, and it became my home. This appointment comes long after I have become part of the furniture. It is such an honour to me.”Holland says that although he has been acting in the position for over a year, he does not take the job lightly. “Acting and being in the post permanently are not the same. It is even worse when you have such big shoes to fill.”He says the previous principal created and left a good record which he ought to maintain “or better improve”.The school has a history of a 100% pass rate and is in good shape.Holland’s first big project would be revamping a library and turning it into a media centre. He believes in transformation, and same goes for his staff and learners, yet the media centre is a priority, to allow the school to move with the times and have the best technology to support teaching and learning.Although he is not secretive about his joy and eagerness to carry the school forward, Holland says his success lies with the support of all the 75 teachers he has at the school and the whole community he serves. He also counts on the support of his family of five.He is prepared to listen to suggestions and take advice that would make sure the school performs to the best of its ability.Meanwhile, the top position has not taken away his love for teaching.“I believe a good principal should go to class as well, so you can still understand what is happening on the ground. And teaching is my love, it is what keeps me sane,” he says.Holland teaches Grade 12 Geography.