Tena koutou katoa
I am pleased to have been appointed by Evaluation Associates as a Leadership Advisor for the Te Tai Tokerau region to support beginning principals and experienced principals of U1 and U2 schools. I live in Auckland and travel north each week to work 0.6 FTE.
I was principal of Onehunga Primary then Mangere East Primary School for a total of 18 years. Most of my teaching has deliberately been in lower decile schools with high proportions of Māori and Pasifika students with whom I enjoyed working .
Earlier in my career I had the opportunity to have time as Advisor for the Education of Māori and Pacific Islanders, 1984-86, working with the English curriculum, before being appointed a principal. In 2005 I resigned from Mangere East Primary to become a Leadership and Management facilitator for Team Solutions for six years, followed by several years of self-employment focussing mainly on appraising and mentoring principals. I mentored beginning principals from the start of the First Time Principal Programme in 2002 until 2016. I also had the privilege of working as a facilitator with the National Aspiring Principals Programme from 2008-16. I was President of the Auckland Primary Principals' Association during their centenary year 1999 – 2000.
Although I don’t live there permanently, my own house is on Waiheke Island where I can enjoy the sun, beaches, my own olive oil and other aspects of life the island is renowned for. I live with my partner in Central Auckland, have four children and four grandchildren. Relaxation includes cooking, sailing, fishing and walking.
I look forward in my new role as a Leadership Advisor to supporting beginning and experienced principals once again in their challenging but crucial roles in the education of learners for the future.
Ma te tika o te toki o te tangere, me te tohu o te panaho, ka pai to tere o te waka I nga momo moana katoa.
By designing and shaping the keel of the waka to perfection, your canoe will overcome all obstacles.
Ngā mihi maioha ki a koe
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