Meet the schools outreach team
Schools Outreach and Recruitment Manager
My own study and research in the Arts has taken me all over the world and enabled me to study and work in places I would never have visited otherwise. When I first decided to do a BA(Hons.) in History, every person I told asked me if I was going to be a history teacher or a politician – I think my Sixth Form history teachers thought I’d be back working at my Secondary School within a few years! Instead, I have studied in Cambridge, New York City, Vancouver, and Auckland, and worked with some of the top academics in my fields. Studying Arts has been the best decision I made and I am excited to share with students all the opportunities and pathways that the Arts Faculty at Auckland can open for them.
Some of the University’s key principles are manaakitanga and whanaungatanga. These values extend to school students, teachers, careers advisers, and parents – whoever and wherever you are reading this Link News! The University of Auckland and the Faculty of Arts is a place where you will always be welcomed, and I look forwards to continuing to nourish the relationships many of you already have with our Faculty, as well as building new relationships over the coming months.
In the next few months I am looking forwards to hosting some amazing events for teachers and schools on campus, as well as getting out and about to share our BA, BGlobalSt, and new Bachelor of Communications programmes with you all in schools. If you would like to have a chat, ask questions, organise a school visit, or have an idea for an event, please send me an email and see how I can support you and your students!
Schools Outreach Coordinator
I am excited to be the Schools Outreach Coordinator for the Faculty of Arts at University of Auckland. I am a poet, published author and teaching artist who is passionate about creating engaging environments for students to learn and thrive within. I enjoy finding new ways to ensure learning is an interesting experience for students of all ages and am one of those rare people who loves being both an artist and an administrator.
As Schools Outreach Coordinator, I split my time between coordinating the Junior Arts programme, which facilitates workshops for Year Ten students, and assisting in schools outreach to promote the arts as a tertiary pathway for secondary students.
Originally from the United States, I am grateful to call Aotearoa my home and thrilled to be part of this Schools Outreach team. I have 15 years experience performing and teaching performance poetry in schools around the world and I spent the past four years lecturing in Creative Arts at Manukau Institute of Technology. I am passionate about engaging with students and hopefully inspiring them to pursue higher education in the arts.
In taking up the role as Kaitakawaenga for the Faculty of Arts at the University of Auckland, I not only support our Outreach and Recruitment team, but I especially help champion and cultivate pathways for Māori and Pacific excellence to thrive in the field of Arts. Born and raised and currently still living out in South Auckland, I am motivated by Māori and PI understanding that their environment/upbringing can further equip them for the opportunities and open doors that upskilling in Arts can lead to.
I am also currently in my last semester for my Bachelor of Arts in English and Sociology, so my time is divided between bridging both worlds and bringing a fresh and live experience to the future leaders considering tertiary study.
Please get in touch if you seek any insight or advice around the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Global Studies, and Bachelor of Communication programmes as I am than happy to answer any questions or talanoa about the transition from secondary to tertiary! I am also more than happy to visit any schools and provide more information in that type of setting or at any events and careers expos. My hope is for future students and their families to understand fully what Arts can offer and how completing a degree with Arts can catapult a person’s existence into a sea of possibilities.
Schools Outreach – Academic Lead
Phone: 09 923 7489
I am a Pacific art historian who has been teaching, curating, researching and publishing in the area of contemporary art for over twenty years. I recently completed a three year term as the Associate Dean Students in the Faculty of Arts and during this time began developing programmes in secondary schools to highlight the relevance of BA subjects, and increase students' understanding of exciting career pathways for those studying the Bachelor of Arts.
I am currently teaching courses in global art history and contemporary Pacific art, and working with Arts students involved in the Junior Arts programme, which facilitates workshops with Year Ten students. While the Junior Arts programme is my main focus for schools outreach, I also work closely with Jenny to develop on-campus professional development initiatives for teachers supporting their students' preparation for the New Zealand Scholarship examination.