We have a terrific team of volunteers who support us, spread across local schools
BS Oceanography, Humboldt State University
MS Education, Pepperdine University
Award in Excellence of Teaching Science-National Association of Gifted Children, Award in Excellence of Teaching Mathematics-New Zealand Association of Maths Teachers
Prior to his un-retirement, Alan spent his free time on his many different hobbies. Now he doesn’t have any free time at all. Well, alright, maybe that’s not strictly true, but when he’s not dreaming up new electronics experiments and ideas for the STEAMS kit, he spends his free time on a little woodwork, some computer fun, virtually no DIY/Decorating (his wife no longer speaks to him – at first, he thought he’d gone deaf) and playing the guitar (VERY badly).
BSc Mechanical Engineering - Brunel University, UK
Damian is really excited about the prospect of working with the Year 7 and 8 STEAMS’ students and making learning as fun, interactive, and interesting as possible. Damian is an absolute star . . . a Ringo Star you might say.
BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science; Post-Graduate Certificate of (Secondary) Education.
Wife to Lindsay, and mum to Liam and Tessa, Cheryl manages to sometimes squeeze in her other interests of running (very slowly), followed by coffee, reading, and just chilling out on holiday (dreamer). She can be found at any event out the back hiding from the children, hopefully not her own.
Catherine’s talents don’t stop there, and while she humbly admits her ukulele playing is not fantastic, her singing voice makes up for it.
While originally from the UK, twelve years in Nelson has converted Catherine to the Kiwi way of life.
Bsc Hons Zoology Durham university; PGCE in primary education OU UK
Erin’s interest in teaching sparked from swimming instructing and organising school holiday programmes; Teachers’ College seemed a natural progression. Erin loves seeing kids make connections with the real world and having fun while learning.
Now living in the sunshine capital of NZ, Erin and her family take full advantage of the natural world and can often be found camping, tramping , kayaking and outdoor adventure.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (B Tch Ln); Diploma of Teaching. (Dip Tchg)
Jo enjoys spending time with family and friends and travelling, and she is a whiz in the kitchen. One of her guilty pleasures is frozen Coke, obviously not for the unknown health benefits but because it only costs a dollar.
Jo spends her downtime keeping her toy boy in check and working towards her PhD in
English Pub Culture using UKTV video analysis.