Profiles of Current Council
St Andrew's College, Christchurch
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.
Mt Maunganui College, BOP
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.
Diocesan School for Girls, Auckland
Susy is currently HoF English at Diocesan School for Girls, where she has been since May 2017. Prior to that she taught at Massey High School in West Auckland from 2004 - 2017, and one year teaching in Germany. Susy came into English teaching almost accidentally, from an academic background in Languages and Theology. Immediately before training as a teacher, Susy spent three years working as the National Youth Facilitator for Tikanga Pakeha of the Anglican Church. Her experience on a myriad of church committees, at parish, regional and national level, means she brings significant procedural knowledge to Council. Susy was co-opted onto Council in November 2017 and elected in July 2018. She has also been a member of the AATEL committee in Auckland since 2011.
Fraser High School, Hamilton
Jenny is an English teacher, Leader of Learning and Kaahui Ako Within School Leader at Fraser High School in Hamilton.
PLD and Resources
John McGlashan College, Dunedin
David Schaumann: HoD English at John McGlashan College, Facilitator of the Secondary English Online Community on English Online and Director of Flipped Classroom Education Solutions Limited, provider of NCEA English Vidcast Tutorials. David is a teacher of 22 years experience, most of which has been in Otago and Southland bar a five-year stint in inner-city comprehensive in London. In addition to his professional work, David is also an emerging writer, having been published in a number of literary journals, a keen member of OATE and has been a council member since 2018, where he is responsible for the Newsletter and boldly, albeit unsuccessfully attempts to redress the gender imbalance.
Editor English in Aotearoa
Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery, Christchurch
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".
PLD AND Resources
Christ's College, Christchurch
Sian Evans is currently Head of English and Advanced Learning (GATE) at Christ’s College, Canterbury. She began teaching English for Academic Purposes and ESOL in South Africa in 2002, and managed a private language school in Christchurch for several years before training as a secondary teacher. Sian moved to Australia in 2012 and spent five years teaching in New South Wales, before returning to Christchurch and taking up a role on NZATE council in 2017. She has worked with the NZQA in assessment design and practice, and has particular interests in literary theory and the development of western literature.
Culture, Diversity and Advocacy
Spotswood College, Taranaki
Steph is of Ngāti Porou ki Harataunga descent. She teaches English and Media Studies and is the Learning Community Leader - Literacy at Spotswood College in New Plymouth. Having come from a career in media and corporate communications, Steph is now in her fourth year of teaching. She is passionate about supporting students to build key literacy skills and, in her spare time, binging Scandinavian psychological thrillers on various platforms.
Kelston Boys' High School, Auckland
Kia ora, My name is Kit and I am currently HOD at Kelston Boys’ High School in West Auckland. I completed my Master of Teaching in 2018 at the University of Auckland. Prior to this, I completed a conjoint Law/Arts degree and worked for several years in Marketing and Communications at Auckland Council, James Wallace Arts Trust, King’s College and as Editor of Craccum (the student magazine). I have skills in website management, communication, social media and marketing and have also sat on several trusts (John Weeks, Summer Shakespeare). I am passionate about working with young men in lower socio-economic communities and am currently an e-fellow with CORE, exploring how to amplify marginalised voices in education. My other passions include musical theatre, devouring comic books and taking our schools debating club. I hope that I can bring my passion and skills to NZATE and to the English teaching community.
Culture, Diversity and Advocacy
Opōtiki College, Bay of Plenty
I've taught English for almost 10 years in New Zealand schools. NZATE sparked my passion for collaboration and connecting like-minded teachers when I attented my first NZATE conference in Rotorua. I created the Twitter chat #EngChatNZ and ran it successfully for over three years. I brought together a wide range of English teachers across the sector who needed connection and support. I've been a committed and supportive member of the NZ English Teachers page as well as the Secondary English list serve. I believe that our subject association is a valuable and useful contributor to developing PLD and resources for members. I think that our association still needs more work within the collaboration space. Collectively we can do more for our rangatahi. I look forward to working with you all and bringing my experience and passion for collaboration to help NZATE move forward during this changing time.
Culture, Diversity and Advocacy
Twizel Area School, Otago
Tēnā koutou NZATE community - I'm Anneke Smit and currently I am Head of Department (English) at Twizel Area School - situated about 2/3rds of the way down the South Island. I am passionate about creating confidence, capacity and connection between teachers - whether this be virtually or face to face. We all have different passions and perspectives and when we use these to encourage and support one another great things happen. Personally I am doing what many of you do and living the juggle to the best of my ability; with my husband running his own business and my children attending Twizel Area School. In my spare time I enjoy connecting with friends and other educators from around the country, knitting up a plethora of items and walking slowly around our local lakes.
PLD and Resources
Albany Senior High School, Auckland
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.