Jacq is Head of English at St Andrew’s College in Ōtautahi Christchurch. A member of the Canterbury English Teachers’ Association committee, she is also an administrator on the NZ English Teachers’ Facebook page. Her career began in 1996 and has included both state and independent schools, including co-educational, boys only and girls only. She has held a range of responsibilities including HOD, dean, Teacher with Library Responsibility, and a role in communications and marketing.
Pip Tinning is Head of English at Mount Maunganui College in the Bay of Plenty, although she is having a short stint in senior management at the moment. She has worked in state and integrated schools since she began teaching in 1998. Over her career, Pip has been involved in GATE, literacy, deaning, magazine production as well as coordinating the odd social media campaign outside of school. Her passions are developing meaningful professional learning and empowering teachers to share their knowledge with their colleagues.
Jenny is an English teacher, Leader of Learning and Kaahui Ako Within School Leader at Fraser High School in Hamilton.
Caitlin is Acting Co-Assistant Leader of English Learning Area at Selwyn College. She participates in the local Kāhui Ako focusing on writing. Caitlin has been teaching since she arrived from Canada in 2018. She is passionate about authentic social-emotional learning through reading and writing.
Laura Borrowdale is a Community Leader at Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery in Ōtautahi. She has been teaching since 2007 and is currently the editor of “English in Aotearoa”.
Kia ora tātou. I am currently the Specialist Subject Leader (HoD) of English at Albany Senior High School. Previous to this I held roles as an Education Director on The Mind Lab’s Master of Teaching and Education Leadership, Specialist Classroom Teacher and a teacher of English in high and low decile and international settings. I have experience in presenting PLD at a national and international level and within the English curriculum and in teaching in general and in these spaces I tend to have a focus on challenging the status quo and the assumptions underpinning teaching practices. I seek to design learning programmes that are original and appropriately exploring the limits of the standard. I believe that I bring to the NZATE space a passion for teaching, driven from a position of ‘why not, and how might we?’ Blended learning, co-constructed learning, collaboration and relationship centred approaches are strong in my practice and I relish the opportunity to bring this to a leadership and subject specialist space.