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The team delivering your ECE workshops



Kirstin Prince

Kirstin Prince

Kirstin has 26 years experience in ECE including teaching, lecturing at The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand and Te Rito Maioha and as a professional development facilitator at Massey University. She has managed private and non-profit services, multi-services, early childhood professional development for national office of the Ministry of Education, and is now the managing director of Senior Teacher Learning.

Vicki Biddle-Clarke

Vicki Biddle-Clarke

With over 33 years experience in ECE, Vicki is a highly skilled & experienced facilitator. She specialises in Te Ao Maori, fostering change in curriculum & bicultural approaches. Her areas of interest include leadership, management and curriculum.

Cindy Tupou

Cindy Tupou

Cindy has 16 years experience in the ECE sector with numerous roles including kaiako, head teacher and centre manager. Her primary focus will be on Pasifika cultures and Governance, Management and Administration and will be working towards workshops in 2020 that promote the use of ICT in educational documentation and as well as looking at how to provide a sustainable environment.

Pania Kawana

Pania Kawana

Pania's primary focus is Te Tiriti Based Practice, Te Ao Māori Perspective in ECE, Te Reo Māori me Ngā Tikanga Māori in ECE, Tātaiako, Te Whatu Pōkeka, Te Whāriki. Her experience includes Kaiako at Kohanga Reo, Curriculum Advisor and Pouako at Te Rito Maioha (Papaioea Base).

Ana Tuimana

Ana Tuimana

Ana has worked in ECE for 11 years as a teacher with 7 years in the transitional class. Her main responsibilities are supporting centre managers and teachers with the Tapasā framework, helping them to implement Tapasā into their daily practices, alongside transitioning and understanding Pasifika learners and their families.

Karin Mendis-Shaw

Karin Mendis-Shaw

Previously an ECE centre manager and social worker, Karin is a highly skilled facilitator specialising in areas including fostering change in assessment for learning, planning, evaluation, internal reviews & social competence.

Bill Shaw

Bill Shaw

Bill approaches life as a creative work and believes that compassion lies at the core of what it means to be human. Areas of interest are social work, strategic management, psychology & management and leadership.

Louise Strode-Penny

Louise Strode-Penny

Louise has a wealth of ECE experience both here in New Zealand and in Australia. She started as a Kindergarten Teacher here before moving to Australia where she became a Centre Manager before going on to become a Children’s Services Lecturer, a reviewer at the The Australian National Child Care Accreditation Council and a Senior Children's Services Lecturer. Louise moved back to NZ in 2017 and into the role of Centre Manager at a service in Tauranga before joining Senior Teacher.

Aroha Hicks

Aroha Hicks

Aroha has over 35 years experience in the Early Childhood sector. Her roles have given her a broad knowledge of the sector with responsibilities including teaching in Kōhanga Reo, PAFT working with parents and their children, supervising the Family Start Programme, establishing an iwi based education and care service and working in the Ministry of Education as a senior advisor.

Rose Coppen

Rose Coppen

Rose Coppen, has 30 years experience in early childhood education. Starting out as a kindergarten teacher, Rose has also been a Head Teacher, Senior Teacher, Manager, Education Specialist for Professional Practice, Facilitator, Tutor and Regional Operations Manager (Home-based).