Accredited Secondary Facilitator specialising in:
- Teaching as Inquiry
- Science Education
- Curriculum review and assessment design
- Leadership and collaborative practice
- Digital Learning
I am passionate about science, educational leadership, equity in education, and utilising digital learning solutions to make learning experiences more effective. I have 12 years of experience as Head of the Science Department at Hagley Community College. For the past two years I have been seconded to Kaha Education as a professional education facilitator. It is important to me that I work with teachers to find learning solutions that support and enable their goals. I believe equity in education is paramount and for me this is part of my everyday practice, teaching in a way that supports individuals. Digital learning solutions fit with my approach to learning as I believe it provides my ākonga agency over their own progress . I love Learning Tools: immersive reading, dictate, audio recording, and digital ink as it gives a huge amount of control to my ākonga. I really value taking the time to get to know my team, my students as people and as learners, this helps me provide an environment that best supports them. I enjoy to participating in education communities and having conversations with the most amazing kaiako in Aotearoa (New Zealand), and across the globe. My network keeps me in touch with new ideas, encourages me to think critically about my practice, and gives me a place to brainstorm. I have been part of the Microsoft Innovative Education Expert program for 4 years and was made a Microsoft Innovative Educator Fellow. This group has spurred my learning in so many ways beyond e-learning.
Working in partnership
I believe that genuine and connected relationships are fundamental to learning and achievement. I enjoy working in partnership with teachers and leaders to empower them to create inclusive learning spaces where culture counts. The New Zealand curriculum provides a framework for engaging and authentic learning experiences to equip our young people to reach their potential. I like to challenge, encourage and support the teachers I work with to reflect on their practice and build on their existing skills and knowledge to develop their capabilities. In turn, this creates opportunities for greater positive impacts on student success.
- - Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning Canterbury University, 2001
- - Bachelor of Science Canterbury University, 1994