I have a special interest in the ongoing success of Stanmore Bay School and am enthusiastic in making a contribution to the school’s future. I attended Stanmore Bay School as a student and have had an ongoing association, with my wife now working at the school and my daughter attending as a student. My mother also spent eight years working at Stanmore Bay School, as both a teacher-aide and the school librarian.
After leaving Stanmore Bay School, I studied at Orewa College, before commencing tertiary studies (bachelors and masters) at the University of Auckland. Following this, I was awarded the Top Achievers Doctoral Scholarship to complete my PhD in Biology at Massey University. After spending a year in London, Ontario (Canada) completing a post-doctoral fellowship, I returned to Massey University as a member of staff, lecturing both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as completing research.
As such, I am familiar with the skills that students need at a tertiary level to succeed and I would like to see Stanmore Bay School students given every opportunity to advance on their educational journey with the necessary prerequisites for future success.