It is a huge privilege to be the foundation Tumuaki of Te Paepae o Aotea. We have been given a unique and exciting opportunity to design a localised curriculum that meets the needs of all of our ākonga based on our eight guiding principles.
As a foundation team member, I am very excited about the future of education in Hāwera. Developing a localised curriculum will allow learning to become more meaningful and relevant for all of our ākonga.
I taught at Hāwera High School from 2005 – 2022 in the Physical Education Department and later in a Senior Leadership role. My background is in Physical Education/Hauora and I love being involved with our students in their sporting endeavors.
Leader of Learning Senior School - Curriculum
Leader of Learning Senior School - Pastoral
I am a descendant from the East Coast, however reside here in South Taranaki where my wife is from. I have been teaching at Patea Area School for the last five years in various teaching and leadership roles, teaching within the realm of the arts, physical activity and literacy.
As a foundation team member, I look forward to helping create and develop learning pathways within the community, and leading learners in this journey.
Tēna te hunga pānui,
Ko Ahititi te Maunga
Ko Waihirere te Awa
Ko Parihimanihi te Marae
Ko Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki te iwi
Ko Ngāti Wāhia te hāpu
Nō Tonga tōku pāpā, Nā te whanau Poki, Wilson tōku māmā
I taught at Hāwera High School from 2007 holding various teaching and leadership roles. My background is in the Social Science, Commerce and English areas. I see considerable merit in student-led, inquiry-based learning and believe that a strong pastoral care system combined with flexible curriculum design is needed to engage, nurture and enhance educational outcomes for our students.
Being part of the foundation team, I acknowledge that this is a unique and exciting opportunity for our community.
Leader of Learning Junior School - Pastoral
Leader of Learning Junior School - Curriculum
South Taranaki born and bred, I started my career at Ramanui School as a Teacher Aide, moving on to Hāwera Intermediate School as a beginning teacher where my career has developed over almost ten years. I am invested in the success of Te Paepae o Aotea. I feel a sense of responsibility to bring the learning experiences and knowledge I have acquired throughout my career and education back to my community, to benefit our ākonga.
As a foundation team member, I am excited for the future of learning in Hāwera. I believe that we have an opportunity to ‘break the mold’ in how we view education.