Te Iti Kahurangi, Volume 1, 2013
Roseline Landsberg is employed full time at LIFE Childcare Centre, Mangere. She is a teacher working with 3-4 year old children and an assistant team leader. She values her job and what she does and has just completed her Bachelor of Education Post Grad Diploma in Education and continues to strive for the excellence of children in early childhood education.
Amy Nicol is employed full time at Kindercare, Pakuranga. She currently works with children aged two and a half to three and a half. She has completed a Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching and is working towards registration. She enjoys the community within the early childhood sector and believes in striving for quality for children.
Nicola Shrimpton is employed full time at Tippytoes Childcare. She works with children aged 16 months to 3 years. She values her job and is working towards her teacher registration. Her research interests include superhero play, learning through play, art and empowering children to be creative.
Shabnam Singh has worked with toddlers at a local early childhood centre for two years. I enjoyed working with this age group as no two days are the same. Each new day brings new challenges and excitement. I am currently pursuing a Masters of Education at the University of Auckland, and continually striving to make a difference in the lives of children.
Staff and Invited Contributors
Bill Hagan and Lyndon Todd
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 field-based teacher education, with an interest in methodologies for practice-based research. He has been a research associate for the Botany Downs Kindergarten Centre of Innovation action research project and the engaging Pasifika Families in Special Education research project.
Lyndon Todd was recently a lecturer in the School of Education at the Manukau Institute of Technology, teaching mainly on the BEd (ECT) degree as well as a facilitator for the MIT professional development for early childhood teachers programme. He has recently returned to Australia to take up a position with Education Queensland as a primary school teacher. His research interests are inclusive practice, fostering social competence in young children as well as reconceptualising the image of children and childhood.
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 recently completed her MEd degree from AUT University.
Susie Kung is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland. She has an active interest in the characteristics of effective teachers. Her research interests focus on the teacher's choice of profession, the spiritually aware teacher, teacher identity, and Appreciative Inquiry as a research methodology.
Jacquie Lees and Sudha Jacob
Jacqui Lees is the centre supervisor at Pakuranga Baptist Kindergarten, where she has taught for the past fifteen years. She is very interested in supporting children to investigate and modify their own working theories and believes that this is the key to developing a programme that supports meaningful learning for young children.
Sudha Jacob is a teacher at Pakuranga Baptist Kindergarten. She has been an early childhood educator for the past eleven years. She has a passion for science and exploring children's working theories.
Ann Le Marseny is the Principal Lecturer (Academic) in the School of Education at the Manukau Institute of Technology. Her research interest is critical place conscious leadership in diverse Early Childhood Education contexts. Ann has won a number of teaching and leadership positions which involved working in diverse contexts such as Australia, China, New Zealand and most recently as part of Education reform in the Middle East.
Lila Mauigo-TekeneLila 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. 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.
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 and initial teacher education (early childhood).