Passion for education
I have worked within the primary eduation sector for over 12 years in a number of contexts including classroom teacher, ESOL specialist, ICT lead teacher, ICT cluster facilitator and national ICT facilitator for Auckland clusters. While I may have had a number of different roles, achieving the best possible learning outcomes for students has always been central to my work. I believe that having quality teachers in front of children is the best way to ensure we have a world class education system in New Zealand. As part of this belief, I have supported teachers to reflect on and develop their own practice while also continually evaluating and refining my own.
Passion for teacher education
I help teachers to understand the importance of working with technologies and support their incorporation of ICTs into classroom practise so that they can provide a 21st century education for their students. I spend time working with a teacher to understand their needs in order to develop goals with them that are realistic and achieveable. I am able to be effective in this role through developing positive working relationships and believe that this is key to any situation when working with adults.
Passion for classroom teaching
I have been a classroom teacher for children ranging from year three up to year six. Four and a half years of my teaching experience were spent working in London including a two year period working as a specialist ESOL teacher. I believe the experience of working in a different education system and in a specialist role has really developed my own views on providing a quality education for students. In my last classroom teaching role in Wellington, I ran a Gifted and Talented one day school for a term which added to my understanding of how to extend high achievers. While at this school, I was recognised for the work I did within my classroom by being nominated by my school for a national teaching award.
In my work as a classroom teacher, I keep the needs of children central by designing effective programmes based on their needs and knowledge of best practise. I believe in constantly examining my own practice in order to create the best possible outcomes for students and have previously conducted action research projects to investigate the effectiveness of the work I do with children. I have a particular interest in the use of ICT in education and have run a number of ICT enhanced programmes with students.