2003: Master of Education, The University of Otago
2002: Multimedia and Web Design Diploma, Academy of Learning, Auckland
1991: Supervisor and Management of Early Childhood Diploma, NZCA, Auckland
1986: Diploma of Teaching (Pr)
1984: Bachelor of Arts (English/Education)
Professional learning and development experience
I have worked in the education section for over 30 years, teaching in all levels with a wide range of culturally diverse learners. Over half of my career has been facilitating with leaders and teachers from the primary and second context, in both State and independent schooling sectors, in the areas of learning with digital technologies and innovative learning (collaborative teaching, new learning spaces, learner agency and curriculum re-design for 21st Century learners).
I co-construct with leadership teams a plan of action for professional development to shift teaching practice within and across schools. Together we create structures and processes around the development of an implementation plan to support the teaching as inquiry process. The creation and implementation of this plan is critical for change; gathering voice, analysis of data, planning documentation, designing specific and intentional professional development, as well as continually reflecting and evaluating throughout the process of delivery.
Where possible my work is based on New Zealand research, this approach is to support leaders and teachers to discuss and reflect upon their practice, to focus on current research based pedagogy and examine new ways of lifting student achievement and different methods of engaging with whanau.
Developing and maintaining strong professional relationships ensures leaders and teachers have confidence in my knowledge and experience. People are at the heart of change, change in attitudes, behaviour and learning culture is key to the work I do with schools. Being culturally responsive in my practice ensures all learners; leaders, teachers and students are catered for.