Volume 2 Te Iti kahurangi
Elizabeth Henderson graduated her Bachelor of Early Childhood teaching in 2012 and has since completed a year of teachers' registration. Before this she was a chef in hotels and worked as a chef in a childcare centre for 4 years. She is currently the head chef in a Christian camp in Great Barrier Island. She has a passion for children, catering and healthy eating.
Iveta Ongley is employed full time at Little Wonders Early Childhood Centre, Mt Eden. She is a team leader in the toddler room working with children aged 18 months to 3,5 years. She enjoys introducing young children to the wonders of the world through stimulating environments, creativity and strong relationships. She completed her Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Teaching and is currently working towards her registration.
Natalia Rapon is employed full time at Kingsway Community Preschool and works with 2-5 year olds. She has completed a Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching and is working towards registration. She enjoys working in a field that is constantly evolving and working closely with students to create a sustainable future.
Donna Stichbury is a full-time teacher at Tamariki Ataahua in Panmure. She is currently working towards her teacher registration. She has a keen interest in education in the outdoors and is striving to provide quality play-based education for children.
Jody Vaughan was a full time employee at Small Steps, Howick, where she worked with children aged three to five years. She is currently working on her provisional teacher registration. She gets great joy from working with young children and her research interests include the fine arts and creativity.
Sarah van Deursen
Sarah van Deursen is employed with the Auckland Kindergarten Association in a full-time, fixed term position at Otahuhu Central Kindergarten. She cherishes the richness of the community and children and teachers she works with. She continues to work towards her teacher registration whilst maintaining a focal interest in literacy, ICT and social competence.
Staff and Invited Contributors
Bronwyn is currently head teacher at Botany Downs Kindergarten. Her research interests are inclusive practice and ICT. In 2011 she was an e-Fellow with Core Education; her research explores the use of blogs to connect with families. Bronwyn is an ongoing learner who challenges herself to use technology in ways that are current and relevant for children and their families in early childhood education.
Rita Huang is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the Manukau Institute of Technology. She had worked as an early childhood teacher and centre supervisor for many years before becoming a teacher educator. Her research interests include parent-teacher partnership, working with ESOL learners and their families, play and learning in early childhood education. She has completed her MEd degree from AUT University.
Lila Mauigoa-Tekene, Bill Hagan, Lin
Lila Mauigoa-Tekene is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at Manukau Institute of Technology. She was the Project Coordinator for the Ministry of Education funded research project to understand Pasifika families' perspective on special education services, and is currently engaged in an action research project on participation in ECE alongside Counties Manukau Kindergarten Association. She has been a Professional Development facilitator for the Early Childhood Education Ministry of Education contract, and she is the Pasifika Research Advisory Group member for the Ministry of Education.
Bill Hagan is the Principal Lecturer (Research) in the School of Education at the Manukau Institute of Technology. His research interests are inclusive practice and parent participation in early childhood education, with an interest in methodologies for practice-based research. He has been a research associate for the engaging Pasifika Families in Special Education research project, and is currently involved in an action research project to investigate innovative ways to encourage participation in ECE along with Counties Manukau Kindergarten Association.
Lin Howie is Head of the School of Education at Manukau Institute of Technology. Her research interests are in field-based teacher education, children's creativity and transition from early childhood settings to school. She was a research associate for the engaging Pasifika Families in Special Education research project.
Janet Malcolm is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the Manukau Institute of Technology. She has worked in early childhood education for 27 years. Her research interests include first year experiences in tertiary education, transitions in early childhood centres and induction and orientation processes. Janet recently completed her Master of Education which involved a small case study research project investigating student experiences in their first year of a bachelor's degree.
Anna Jo Perry
Anna Jo Perry is a Senior Lecturer in the Early Childhood Education (ECT) and Tertiary Teaching programmes at Manukau Institute of Technology. Her research interests include the processes of developing theory in practice, refugee education, research methodologies, using the visual in research, and pedagogies of teaching and learning.
Sarah Probine is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at Manukau Institute of Technology. Her interests include the role of the visual arts within children's inquiry based learning and teachers visual arts pedagogies. Sarah has recently submitted her Master's dissertation that explored how teachers had developed their visual arts practices and the impact this had on how children engaged in the visual arts within one setting.
Melanie Wong and Lynette Radue
Melanie is a senior lecturer at the School of Education, Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Canterbury. Her research interests include gifted education, early childhood education, inclusive education and initial teacher education (early childhood).
Lynette Radue worked in the early childhood sector for fifteen years during which time she developed a passion for early gifted education. Her postgraduate studies at Massey University have given her the opportunity to increase her knowledge by completing papers in gifted education. She will take up a position as a new entrant teacher in 2015 which will give her the opportunity to extend her interest into the early years of primary education.