Jo is recognised as a leader within the ECE community and has a background in leading and teaching in kindergarten and ECE services. These roles include leadership, management, facilitation, working with and alongside tamariki, whānau, kaiako, whānui, tauira and Kāhui Ako.
Jo has experience in leadership and mentoring and has designed personal programmes for services.
Jo was a Curriculum Champion for CORE in the nationwide Ministry contract Supporting the implementation of Te Whāriki. This role included supporting large groups of kaiako/pedagogical leaders and their services, through online and face-to-face hui.
Jo is currently a facilitator at CORE and was involved in the accelerated 8 week programme to support services who were yet to engage in the updated Te Whāriki (2017) in a second nationwide contract, Matika Maranga.
Jo also delivers SELO programmes. These include Pedagogical Leadership, Designing Local Curriculum, Assessment for Learning, Tapasā, Tātaiako, Learners with Additional Needs and Transitions.
Jo is also a Practicum Facilitator for CORE supporting and assessing tauira through the Teacher Education Refresher Programme.
Pursuing her leadership passion Jo has been a Pou Tautoko, mentor, for the Teaching Council and is currently involved in the English-medium Leadership Strategy Stewardship group.
- Pedagogical leadership
- Curriculum design and implementation; localised curriculum, learning partnerships
- Future focussed Aotearoa; honouring te Tiriti o Waitangi, te reo me ōna tikanga Māori
- Culturally responsive pedagogy; valuing and ensuring culture, language and identity of tangata whenua and all tauiwi
- Strengthening practices through effective Internal Evaluation processes
- Growing leadership capabilities; kaiako agency, self-efficacy, professional growth cycles
- Fostering tamariki social and emotional competencies
Ki te taha o Pāpā. Nō Cornwall rātou ko Hāmene, ko Porana ōku iwi. Ko Louisa tōku waka. I tae mai ōku tīpuna ki Aotearoa i te tau, ko tahi mano, waru rau, ono tekau mā rima. Ko Rowe rātou ko Tecosky, ko Lehmann, ko Kneebone, ko Hocking, ko Pope ōku tīpuna. I tipu ake au ki Waikato. Inaianei e noho ana au ki Tairua. E mihi ana au ki ngā tanagata o te rohe nei. E hara taku toa i te toa takitahi engari he toa takitini.
I am passionate about working alongside kaiako growing culturally responsive practices that prioritises localised curriculum, incorporates tamariki and whānau funds of knowledge, and ensures equity and excellence for all ākonga.
I live in a beautiful part of the Coromandel Peninsula, taking advantage of both bush and beach walks as well as enjoying fishing. My family is my everything. I connect with them as often as possible.
Ka whangaia, ka tupu, ka puawai. That which is nurtured, grows, then blossoms.