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
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)
Nardia’s mission as a teacher is to provide a safe, positive, inclusive, and supportive learning environment where students feel empowered to learn and achieve their full potential.
She supports learners to think deeper and outside the box through real-life hands-on learning experiences.
Nardia lives near Tahunanui Beach with her husband Brett and daughter Maddie, she will be on Maternity leave from the end of Term 3 2022 and will return in 2023. When Nardia is not teaching she enjoys spending time with Whānau, cooking, and training at the gym.
A resident of New Zealand for over 2 decades, Yaëlle undertook further studies and graduated
with a Bachelor of Arts & Media and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching. She majored in visual arts
and design and was awarded distinction in her studio work which comprises screen-printing,
painting, photography and digital design, before becoming a Fashion Design and Technology
Yaëlle also owns and operates an online boutique selling fashion garments she designs and
makes herself. She endeavours to bring all her knowledge and experience along with passion and humour in her role at the STEAMS Schools.
Having spent the majority of the last 20 years overseas, Hamish has returned to the region where he grew up with his wife and two daughters. When not helping out with STEAMS learning, you can find him building things in his garage.