Robert Csoti is a recently retired principal, who finished his career at Elwood Primary School in Melbourne, Australia, in July 2018. He ran the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program at Elwood Primary, where it has been in operation for more than 10 years. He has more than 35 years’ experience in the Victorian school system. Robert worked as a principal for 14 years in a variety of schools and communities, and still maintains a strong passion for building communities, fostering positive relationships between all members of the school, personalising curriculum and exploring alternate structures for learning.
Robert has spent more than 10 years collaborating with Dr George Otero and David Rothstadt in Victoria and Queensland (Australia) and New Mexico (USA), presenting at conferences, working with principals and schools, and running study tours that focus on creating powerful learning relationships. Much of his world view has been influenced by contact with Indigenous communities, both in New Mexico and Far North Queensland. He believes in developing all members of every learning community. Robert is an accredited educational coach and author and is now working as an educational consultant.