Prior to joining CORE Education, Glenda spent over 25 years working with children and their families/whānau from a variety of social and cultural backgrounds. She initially worked in the Playcentre movement, then up-skilled and began teaching in the group care environment. More recently, her post-graduate training has been in infant and toddler mental health.
Glenda has developed a passion for working with infants, toddlers and young children and their family/whānau. She has a dedicated commitment to and sound knowledge of the role of the crucial relationships and partnerships between teachers, children, their family/whānau and community.
Since joining CORE Education in 2011, Glenda was involved in a project that investigated the impact of the Christchurch earthquakes on the early learning centres and their communities, primarily in the eastern suburbs. Glenda’s role now involves:
- facilitating workshops, discussions, team meetings and ECE service and centre visits concerning:
- culturally responsive teaching practices
- the mathematics programme
- teaching infants and toddlers
- establishing infant and toddler network groups
- facilitating the Futures Network in Christchurch
- contributing to ECE Online.
Glenda has broad experience in facilitating workshops and discussions for teachers, parents and a range of other professional groups. She has developed a strong understanding of her own cultural intelligence and is competent to support others to strengthen theirs. Recent projects have included co-facilitating workshops in the Southern Pasifika project to raise teachers cultural intelligence and culturally responsive teaching practices for engaging with Pasifika
Recent projects have included co-facilitating workshops in the Southern Pasifika project to raise teachers' cultural intelligence and culturally-responsive teaching practices for engaging with Pasifika Aiga in their communities. Other projects consist of infant and toddlers programmes, including environments and transitions, brain development, respectful, responsive and reciprocal practices. Glenda has also been facilitating workshops and discussions in the Te Aho Tukutuku Mathematics Programme with teachers from a range of services across the South island. Glenda has thorough knowledge of aspects around Ka Hikitia, the Pasifika Education Plan, Te Whāriki, Self Review, Kei Tua o te Pae, Tātaiako, Te Whatu Pōkeka, Assessment and Planning.
Glenda believes in the significance of partnership with whānau. She believes in understanding the context and cultural identity of children and families to ensure their own values and expectations are not lost within the dominant culture of the communities they live in.
By sharing her knowledge and experiences in her early childhood career, Glenda's goal is to empower other teaching colleagues and parents to achieve and discover their own passions and aspirations with children and their whānau.
- "The Gathering", University of Canterbury, 5 August 2009.
- 11th Early New Zealand Research in Early Childhood Education Conference, Wellington, January, 2009.
- Albon, G & Barnes, J. (2009). Investigating sleep routines in early childhood care and education centres. The first years: Ngā Tau Tuatahi: New Zealand Journal of Infant and Toddler Education, 11,1,16-18.
I live in a rural valley near Sheffield, Canterbury with my husband Graeme, who is a beekeeper. We have 400 beehives producing clover and manuka honey as well as honey dew. We love the rural lifestyle and the peace it brings at the end of the working day.
We have three adult children and two truly delightful grandchildren. We have spent many years supporting our children to travel the country with their sporting endeavours, and now, as our children are quite independent and have left home, we find ourselves with some spare time! A new discovery for using that time has been to go fishing in the Marlborough Sounds with friends. This is such a superb way to escape our busy lifestyle and gain some balance for our energy levels.