Kia ora te whanau,
I have worked in rural schools teaching multi leveled classrooms for the past 19 years and have thoroughly enjoyed every minute. I was a teaching Principal at Maromaku and Portland School for three and a half years in each role and Principal at Whangarei Heads School for 18 months. I enjoy the opportunities that are created by being a teaching Principal in a semi-rural setting. I believe a community is the heart of a school, offering support and guidance, shaping a visionary curriculum.
I believe in fostering positive relationships with local iwi and hapu, being of Maori descent I have a real interest in connecting students to a range of learning capabilities and styles in the classroom valuing cultural diversity.
I will work hard for Hikurangi School to show progress and achievement and provide opportunities for these to be acknowledged and celebrated. As a leader of learning I believe that we need to evaluate and reflect on practices honestly and consistently in order to maintain and enhance teaching and learning. I believe that my experiences have enabled me to grow as a leader and develop skills and strategies that make me genuine and relatable.
I believe I have strong family values and have the maturity enabling me to empathise with people from all walks of life. As a Principal I demonstrate these values through an understanding that we all are individuals with a wealth of knowledge and experiences to offer.
I believe it is important to make clear what is expected of students, staff and parents. I am a very enthusiastic Principal who is always open to new ideas. I consider myself a very friendly person and develop excellent working relationships with staff members, parents, caregivers and the wider community. My personal character helps me to establish an excellent rapport with all agencies that work throughout the school.
I love working with students, staff, parents and the wider community at Hikurangi School.
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