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Personal Statement

I thrive on the creative process and work well as part of a team or independently. I am a motivated person with a strong work ethic. I have a varied practical skill base which enables me to adapt well to any new working environment. I have lived and worked abroad and also travelled extensively. I am always grateful for the opportunity to meet new people, and gain knowledge from new experiences. My interests include art, education, cultural history, the natural environment, eco-tourism, and organic farming. 

Work History

2016Present

ESL Teacher

Bibo Global Opportunity

Online tutorials for learners studying English as a second language.

20152016

Art Teacher

My Dear Teacher, Taipei

Preparing orders for businesses, cash handling,  and shelving stock.

20112015

English Teacher

KOJEN English Centers, Taipei

English teacher at pre-school and elementary levels. Working from a curriculum, lesson planning, development of  teaching aids and resources. Children's events, performances, class outings, and teaching demonstrations.

20112011

Education Assistant

Orokonui Ecosanctuary, Otago 

Tours for school groups. Delivery of outreach programmes. School holiday programme facilitator. Photography and design work for educational resources.

20062010

Discovery Centre Supervisor

Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington

Supervisor for Inspiration Station, an art and history interactive learning centre. Management of a busy exhibition changeover schedule including museum collection items, external loan items and two community exhibition spaces. Front of house visitor experience  including events, education tours for schools and Storyplace for under 5s. Development of interactive exhibits, education programmes and web resources. Staff management including rosters, training and recruitment. Supervisor for Te Papa staff school holiday programme. Outreach projects with schools and community groups.

Additional skill set: Photography, market research, budgeting, inventories, purchasing of new resources and emergency evacuation warden.

20092010

Volunteer Ranger

Zealandia Wild Life Sanctuary , Wellington

Guided talks and events. Visitor safety procedures. Monitoring of native species.

20072008

Art Facilitator

Argo Trust, Wellington

Teacher of weekly art classes for persons with disabilities. Devising a unique art programme paying attention to individual needs. Purchasing of materials. Exhibition participation.

20062008

Freelance Photography & Design

Self-employed

Photography and poster design for music and theatre groups. Portrait photography and stock images for Evolve Youth Services, Wellington.

20042005

Duty Manager

Dusky Lodge, Kaikoura

Reception and reservations. Staff management and recruitment. Driver.

20042004

Vineyard Labourer

Fairmont Estate Winery, Gladstone

Thinning, netting, and maintenance.

20022003

Ceramic Studio Assistant

Dirty Fingers Pottery Studio, Masterton

Job Description: Studio assistant and sales. Clay workshops for local school groups.

20002001

Customer Service

More Wilsons, Masterton

Job Description: Preparing orders for businesses, cash handling,  and shelving stock.

Education

20102010

Level 1 Certificate of the New Zealand National Sailing Scheme 

Royal Port Nicholson Yachting Club RPNYC 

Introductory Keelboat Sailing Course.

20082008

Red Cross First Aid Certificate

Red Cross Wellington

Basic first aid training for the workplace.

20042005

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Massey University School of Fine Arts

Majoring in Photomedia, Second Class Honours. Level 1 Te Reo Māori.

20022003

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Otago Polytechnic School of Fine Arts

Undergraduate papers: painting, photography, sculpture, digital art, life drawing, ceramics, art history, Māori art history.

19992001

Bursary 

Makoura College Masterton

Referees


Rev Elizabeth Snowsill

Chaplain Ecumenical

Wairarapa District Health Board

Phone: 06 9469800 Extn 4777 Mobile: 021305490

Email: Lizzie.Snowsill@wairarapa.dhb.org.nz


Tahu Mackenzie

LEOTC Education Officer

Orokonui Ecosanctuary

Phone: 03 482 1755 Mobile: 0210651314

Email: tahu.mackenzie@otago.ac.nz


Chrissie Locke

Strategic Advisor Iwi Relations 

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Phone: 04 381 7015

Email: ChrissieL@tepapa.govt.nz


Annie Wu

Academic Director

Kojen American Preschool - Shilin Branch, Taipei, Taiwan

Mobile: +00886 (0)952052222