Our facilitators have recently run away with the Circus. As teachers just out of the classroom...we get it!
Ian is a full-time MoE accredited Digital Technology facilitator and is a founder of and Director at Digital Circus. He was a specialist Digital Technology teacher in Hawke's Bay for seven years. He now works closely with schools to plan and integrate the new Digital Technology curriculum, supports change and promotes a growth mindset. He values embracing the local identity of each school and reflecting this in teaching and learning programs where possible.
Nicola, employed in the education sector for 19 years as a Digital Technology Teacher, Whole School ICT Co-Ordinator and as a Director of e-Learning, is a founder of and Director at Digital Circus. An experienced Digital Technology professional with an extensive background in education and e-Learning professional development.
Toni is an educator passionate about 21st century learning and all things digital. She brings teaching experience from years 1-6 and has held Senior management and Digital teaching and learning leadership roles. Toni is a lifelong learner having completed a Post-graduate Certificate and currently completing a Masters specialising in Digital Professional Development. She enjoys developing teacher knowledge with a hands-on approach and supporting teachers to build on what they already do in their classrooms.
Juliet has joined Digital Circus in 2019, with 8 years of experience as a classroom teacher, including working in an ILE. Having taught in the Junior School for much of her teaching career, Juliet brings practical knowledge of how we can ensure our youngest learners become Digitally Capable. Juliet thrives on connecting learners, and was involved with @KidsedchatNZ for 5 years. A Google Certified Innovator, Juliet has continues to model lifelong learning, recently completing a Post-Graduate Certificate in Digital and Collaborative learning.
Matt is the manager of our Education Centre and our expert in all things Electronics, Coding, and Minecraft. Matt works with us full time and facilitates Digital Technology Programmes in schools and the robotics club held every Thursday at the Hastings Library. matt is also a MinecraftEDU Certified Trainer and a Microsoft in Education, Global Certified Trainer.
Tracey is a passionate and inspiring communicator. She excels in opening up opportunities for the educational development of adults and students. With a naturally engaging nature, Tracey is able to share her knowledge and skills by providing culturally sensitive, practical ideas for the classroom. She has a teaching background that spans all levels, has experience in facilitating workshops, and is a sort after presenter at conferences. Tracey enjoys working alongside teachers to develop fresh localised programmes, especially using Science and STEAM. These programmes empower teachers and students with both confidence and competence to accelerate their learning journey. Tracey received the Royal Society Alumni award for her work with Science education in 2014.
Cathy has been teaching in New Zealand for 11 years in a number of learning areas. For the past 5 years she has been leading eLearning and Digital Technologies from Years 7-13 at a high school in New Plymouth. She is passionate about authentic learning experiences and is constantly learning. Cathy is approachable and works well with groups and individuals at both ends of the 'digital comfort' spectrum. She thrives on building the capacity of teachers and students to make connections in their learning, encouraging curiosity and developing skills in the area of DT/HM and digital fluency.
Since embarking on a career in education in 1998, Rachel has continued to search for new ways to engage and motivate students in learning. Utilising and integrating every piece of technology she could get her hands on was just one of the ways she built and maintained student engagement. Rachel has experience teaching and facilitating change across the sector. She is passionate about helping schools utilise Google tools to streamline workflow and maximise impact for both teachers and learners.
Anjela Webster - GENERATION ONLINE
Anjie is the Director of Generation Online, an organisation committed to fostering wellbeing, safety and confidence online. With an extensive career in education across different sectors, roles and responsibilities, a M.Ed(hons), and three plus years as an Education Advisor with Netsafe, Anjela brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the ‘online space’ and use of digital technologies, and in particular a focus on wellbeing, safety, and confidence online. Drawing from research, knowledge and experience, Anjie shares presentations, keynotes, sessions and workshops face to face or online, to open up the discussion around digital fluency - building knowledge of the online environment, developing digital skills, and fostering values and dispositions that enable us to safely engage in, and thrive online.
Arnika has a passion for supporting authentic use of technologies in schools. She has over 15 years’ experience in education including early childhood and primary teaching. In her role as a facilitator, Arnika has supported numerous schools around New Zealand towards digital fluency, and more recently to weave Digital Technologies across the curriculum.
Doug has been in the technology, digital learning & 21st Century Pedagogy learning space for over 7 years. He has facilitated schools successfully in transforming their pedagogy using digital learning tools and has experience teaching computer programming and creating innovative and engaging learning programs in both primary and secondary school settings. In teaching roles, Doug was the E-Learning leader and has experience facilitating professional learning and development programs for schools and educators using the Google for Education platform.
John’s experience has come from a background of 46 years as a registered teacher. He has been involved in educational ICT for 29 years in many parts of New Zealand. He has also presented in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, England, the Netherlands, and Canada. A major part of his work d helping principals, teachers, and students to increase their confidence and ability to use a wide range of technologies and applications. An increasing aspect of the service offered is to work with teachers to try and make lessons more engaging for students. For the last five years John has been a Microsoft Learning Consultant.
Craig combines a business career in communications with a pursuit of education. For 12 years, he has worked directly with children and for 6 years also with teachers. Craig enjoys working alongside teachers to integrate their digital technology right into the core of their literacy programme. He believes effective use of digital media is as much about personal confidence and expression as the technical side of moving making and devices. He coaches teachers and students to passionately deliver their excellent presentation. The result is effective communication that informs and engages. He particularly enjoys multifaceted learning that embraces knowledge of the topic at hand, skills in applying technology to real world situations and personal growth in confidence.