I was born and raised in Pukerua Bay near Wellington, New Zealand, apart from two very formative years living with my family in Sarawak, Malaysia.
I planned to become a school psychologist and went to Victoria University and Wellington Teachers Training College. However, events took me to Vienna, Austria, where I began teaching at the American International School, and from there to the International School of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and finally to the Munich International School in Germany. During these 25 years, I taught all grades from Early Childhood to Grade 7.
While in Munich, I worked on the International Schools Curriculum Project (ISCP) which later was to become the Primary Years Program of the International Baccalaureate. I continue to lead workshops for the IB today. Learning to build a website and to film and edit 'good practice movies' has become a personal action component in the cycle of my own learning.
During my studies towards a Law Degree, I had an opportunity to look at International Treaties such as the ‘Convention on the Rights of the Child’ and in particular at Rights no. 28 and 29 of the Convention which focus on the Right of All Children to Quality Education. This is a very important Right and represents a huge challenge for us all!
My contribution is to make ‘good practice movies' featuring leading educators and to make these movies freely available to educators and parents everywhere.
BA Victoria University Wellington NZ Diploma Tching Wellington Teachers Training College MA (Curriculum and Administration) Michigan State University USA Juris Doctor of Law Melbourne University Australia