My Story

Kia ora. If you’ve been looking around this blog and reading some of the articles, it’s understandable if you’re wondering who I am, what has led me to putting this website together and what makes me qualified to talk about the things that I discuss in my posts.

Well, I’m no trained writer or doctor in Education; I’m a dad, husband, musician, sportsperson, educator and learner (currently a student in a Diploma of Positive Psychology). I’m a New Zealander of both Maori and Pakeha descent. I have lived in Oceania, Asia, Africa and the Middle East and taught in all of these continents. I’m not special. I just visualise what I’d like to do, and then work my butt off to achieve it.

I have had a very broad range of experiences, I have achieved a lot, failed a lot, freaked out a lot, succeeded a lot and learnt a bunch. In no particular order, here is what I’ve done since 2003, the year I left high school and started freaking out about what I would do with my life. It might sound a bit show offish at times, but I’m genuinely not trying to brag. If you’re interested, i’m just showing you how I’ve pushed myself into so many pursuits for adventure, enjoyment, purpose and meaning and to shake things up. All of these experiences have contributed to my thoughts around education and the life of a teacher.

Click the links below for more detail about each part of My Story so far:

Music
Sports
Personal / Relationships / Family
Other Experiences
Career in Education

I have found ways to seriously pursue what I’m passionate about outside of teaching, while building a teaching career and growing as a person and an educator. As you can see I’ve done a lot in a relatively short space of time. However, all of this doing and achieving is not what brings me the most joy. In fact due to my fluctuating headspace over the years, I missed the joy in some of these achievements. I’m now putting just as much focus into “being” as I put into “doing”. It’s really sweet when both are in balance. I am continuing to pursue a lot of fun and engaging ventures in and out of teaching and I’m now more able to truly enjoy and appreciate it. Students love seeing their teachers involved in personal pursuits outside of teaching and working towards their own goals. I have found that it can set the tone for developing positive relationships with your students and it gives them hope, drive, motivation passion and inspiration. Students need the best you, more than they need the best lesson.