Teaching

An open letter to Hekia Parata

Dear Ms. Parata, You’re reviewing and overhauling the special needs education system right now. You’ve said you won’t be increasing the $590 million budget at this time, and instead will be focusing on efficiency and simplification. If you were a real estate agent that’s the equivalent of calling a tiny,… Read more

New beginnings mean saying goodbye

New beginnings mean saying goodbye

In two sleeps I am getting on a plane and travelling to Minneapolis, Minnesota on a seven week journey around the USA to meet some wonderful women. I have been planning this trip since April this year. I started planning it when I discovered that my Mama’s facebook group had… Read more

The kids are alright

The kids are alright

I really love my job. It’s not always an easy job. Teaching is hard. More often than not I come home exhausted. I go to bed ridiculously early and wake up with a groan as I drag myself out of bed. Some days I don’t love it. I don’t love… Read more

Heart Stoppers

Yesterday students and teachers at my school climbed into kids swimming pools full of icy water as part of the Heart Stopper Challenge which raises money for the Heart Kids NZ. Before Eva was born they spotted a hole in her heart. An atrial septal defect, or ASD, which turned… Read more

She's quite something, this girl

I feel like I have accepted Eva as she is now, but I realise I am not quite ready to see where she may end up in five, 10 and 20 years time. I am part of multiple online communities for CHARGE, including a group with parents of toddlers¬†and infants… Read more