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Married with three adult children.
NZQS (1975), Dip Tchg (1989), Dip SS (2005). I have completed papers towards a Graduate Diploma, Business Studies (Dispute Resolution). I worked as a professional Quantity Surveyor in Christchurch until the move to Invercargill in 1982. After time for our family, I trained to teach at the Invercargill Outpost and started teaching in 1990. I currently work as Head of Learning Area, Technology, at Verdon College, Invercargill.
I have been a member of the PPTA from my days as a student teacher. Since then I have been the branch officer, Regional Chair for Southland and for the last ten years, the Executive member for Southland.
I am currently the PPTA representative on my subject association executive (Graphics and Technology Teachers Association).
The principles of the Association that we must hold on to and value are:
- Quality public education for all is an economic necessity
- The well-being of all children is fundamental teacher business
- Teaching should be a first choice career
- PPTA welcomes thoughtful and coherent change
Attacks to our teaching conditions; the professionalism of our members; the funding of schools; and also the proposal of charter schools are all assaults on public schooling. It is the leadership of the Association that presents our policy on these matters to the public, politicians and members. All of our members must be aware of these issues and understand how it will affect them in the future. I feel it is our job to keep members informed on these industrial issues, as well as our professional curriculum focus, and lead the members in the management of thoughtful and coherent change in the profession, not whimsical political changes as we have seen of late.