Melbourne principal Maria Karvouni of Auburn High School dies after short illness

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An inspirational Melbourne school principal who died suddenly is remembered as 'a visionary' and 'a thoroughly decent person'.

Greek Australian Principal Maria Karvouni, 59, principal of co-ed school Auburn High, died last weekend after a battle with illness, sending its teachers, students and their parents into mourning.

Ms Karvouni was 'an outstanding person, a wonderful, dedicated leader' and the driving force behind Auburn's success, the school said in one of the hundreds of online tributes.

'The world is a better place for us because she was in it,' one mum wrote.

One teacher said Ms Karvouni was 'a transformational leader who had a profound impact on my approach to education.

'Most importantly, Maria was an empathetic, intelligent, caring, curious and funny principal and colleague.'

Another colleague said she was 'an exemplary leader' whose methods 'brought out the best in people'.

A parent said Mr Karvouni's track record was 'a big reason why we decided to send our kids here'.

Victoria's opposition Leader John Pesutto also paid tribute to Ms Karvouni on Facebook, calling her 'a trailblazer'.

Ms Karvouni was also remembered for her contributions to the Boroondara community in Melbourne's east for over 30 years.

She was also a mother to two children. 

Her funeral service, on Thursday, December 22, will be live-streamed. 

May She Rest in Peace.