Michelle is a trained primary school teacher, with a background in curriculum leadership design and implementation. She has a strong passion and expertise in Social Studies, and has written the Primary teachers foreword for Social Studies/Tikanga-ā-Iwi BES; the English-medium Te Takanga o Te Wā: Māori history in Aotearoa New Zealand Teaching Guidelines for Years 1-8; and been a member of the New Zealand Curriculum writers group for Aotearoa New Zealand Histories Curriculum.
Michelle is an experienced project manager, writer and developer of resources for diverse government departments and NGOs. Past work has included resource development and management for the Ministry of Education, the Commission for Financial Capability, ACC, Te Papa, and Civil Defence.
Michelle has expertise in the following areas:
- Synthesising and shaping ideas to achieve coherence and clarity
- Developing education stories and case studies
- Resource development
- Curriculum Design
- User testing and engagement
I am passionate about learners connecting with their languages, cultures, identities and histories to create better learning outcomes. I keep learners at the heart of all the work I do.