I moved to New Zealand two years ago from Montréal, Canada and moved up to the Far North in the summer of 2017. Growing up in Canada I learned the value of bilingualism from a young age. I was enrolled in French Immersion as a new entrant and I have carried my passion for the French language ever since. I believe that the sharing and greeting of different cultures only strengthen and benefit national identity, something that resonates deeply with me in Mangonui as well. I believe that connected and informed communities create a public that cares about all of its members. My commitment to social justice and equity are passions that I bring with me to my job.
As an educator, I aspire to create a classroom culture that equips each student with a safe space where they can be filled with curiosity and wonder, as well as begin to recognize their own role in society. For me, the classroom should be another community to which my students can belong and which belongs to them. I want it to be a space where learners can generate new meanings, knowledge, and construct their own views of self instead of being informed by the teacher. This does not only promote student independence, self-esteem, and respect, but it also allows for the practice of ako, where as a teacher I commit to being curious about the new knowledge and new insights that I might learn from my students.