BA (Hons), MEdL
I trained as a teacher at the Institute of Education in London, following the completion of a Geography Degree at University College London. I am originally from North Devon in the South West of England and took up my first teaching position at Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys, in Canterbury, Kent. I was fortunate to be awarded a scholarship to undertake a year long education exchange to New Zealand, swapping roles with the current Principal of Rosmini College, Mr Nixon Cooper. I was offered a permanent position following the exchange and returned to New Zealand in 2003. I was Associate Head Master at Rosmini College, with a range of responsibilities, including strategic planning and teaching and learning. I left in 2015 to take up the position of Principal at Kaipara College and have enjoyed my time working in this community. In 2016, I completed a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership at AUT and have been able to apply this knowledge in my leadership roles.
High quality education is critical if we are to produce well-rounded students who are skilled in a range of disciplines, socially responsible, and confident to contribute in complex and demanding work place environments. I believe that this can be achieved through effective engagement of students through a varied and flexible curriculum, both within and beyond the classroom.
High expectations are the heart of my educational philosophy. I challenge teachers and students to progress to the highest personal level possible, working alongside them to provide frameworks and positive attitudes that enable big ideas and dreams to become realistic goals with excellent rates of academic achievement a central part of this. By recognising and celebrating success it is possible to develop a shared culture within, and beyond school.
Bachelor of Science from Auckland University
I began my teaching career at Northcote College where I spent four years, prior to working in the United Kingdom as a Systems Analyst. After three years, in 1990, I returned to New Zealand and began teaching Mathematics at Rangitoto College. Over the years I have had a variety of roles including eight years as the Head of Computing and seven years as a Dean. In 2003 I joined Senior Management where I have had the opportunity to develop my leadership and gain experience across all areas of the College.
It is important for every student to understand how they learn and to develop a love of learning. Teaching must be student-centred and future focused. A safe, secure, and inclusive environment is a prerequisite for this.
I commenced my teaching career at Auckland Grammar School in 1998 where I taught Physical Education and Health. I then taught in the UK for two years in a coeducational school before returning to Auckland Grammar. I have since held positions as a Dean, Director of Boarding and more recently Deputy Headmaster for the past 5 years. I am delighted to be joining Rangitoto College where my responsibilities include student well-being and pastoral systems.
Every student should have the opportunity to learn and grow as an individual in a safe, supportive and inclusive environment. It is our responsibility as educators to provide opportunities and encourage engagement for learning.
Bachelor of Physical Education with Honours from Otago University
Diploma of Teaching from Dunedin College of Education
Currently enrolled in a Masters of Educational Leadership at AUT
I started my teaching career as a Physical Education teacher at Macleans College before moving to the North Shore and starting mathematics teaching at Rangitoto College in 1996. At the College I have had numerous positions of responsibility, including mathematics curriculum leader, teacher in charge of student leaders and pastoral care dean. In 2010 I was appointed as the Head of Mathematics at Rangitoto College where I was honoured to lead a motivated and dedicated team of teachers. I was delighted in 2016 to be promoted to Deputy Principal.
I believe that teaching is about developing relationships and motivating students through inspiration and enjoyment. Education is about more than just what is taught in the classroom, it is about ensuring students have the personal and professional skills required to be successful in the world.
Master of Arts, Glasgow University
Post Graduate Certificate in Guidance and Counselling, Strathclyde University
Diploma in Teaching, Jordanhill College of Education
Post Graduate Certificate in Leadership, Harvard University
Post Graduate Certificate in Korean Studies, Korea University
I have been a teacher for 34 years; 12 of these in Scotland and 22 of these in New Zealand. During my New Zealand experience I have taught in three schools. I was a Dean, Dean’s Coordinator, HOD, Careers Counsellor and Director of Curriculum in Edgewater College. In 2002 I was appointed the position of Deputy Principal in ACG Strathallan and in 2005 to the position of Deputy Principal in Rangitoto College.
I believe that everything we do in education is aimed at creating an environment where our students can achieve their learning potential in a place that is exceptional, exciting and creative and meets their needs whatever they are; a place where they can grow to become 21st Century learners and global citizens; a place where they can seize opportunities, and where they are inspired, nurtured and supported through their every step of their development.
Bachelor of Commerce
Diploma of Teaching
I have been at the College for 24 years. Over these years I have taught senior and junior Accounting, Business Studies and Economics. In the last few years I have mainly taught junior Economics.
I was a dean for eight years and then was promoted to Deputy Principal with a large responsibility for student welfare.
I really enjoy working with students. It is immensely rewarding to be able to help students overcome problems or adversity and to get their learning back on track. Following a Year group through allows you to see wonderful growth in student’s confidence and see them blossom into fine young men and women by the end of Year 13.
Bachelor of Science, Majoring in Zoology and Cell Biology, Auckland University
I started teaching Science and Biology in 1980. Over the years I have taught Science from Year 9 to Year 13 as well as all levels of Senior Biology. Latterly I have taught Year 11 extension Science classes and the Year 12 Internal Science Course that I have found very rewarding.
I love teaching because of the relationships you form with the students and the special position you have that allows you to see them learn and grow in confidence. I am passionate about teaching Science because it is innately interesting to everyone because it is about who we are, where we live, what effect we have on the world and what we can do with this knowledge.
Bachelor of Science with a Geography Major from University of Auckland
Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching
Post Graduate Diploma of Educational Leadership (with Distinction) from University of Auckland
I started my teaching career at Rangitoto College in 2003. Between 2005 and 2009, I was a Dean and worked across all year levels before becoming the HOD of Social Sciences in 2013. 2019 has seen me become one of the Assistant Principals, with my main responsibilities being around student achievement.
I have a really clear personal philosophy when it comes to education and this is what really drives me. It is to enjoy the challenge of leading others and inspiring the professional will and personal humility in staff, to ensure that the students we teach are successful as global citizens. On a more informal level, I enjoy playing golf, running marathons, a wide range of music and pretty much any sport, especially football, rugby and cricket. I have a young daughter called Harper and my partner is also a Teacher.