Marama Clair Stewart
Date of Birth: 28th February 1980
Marital Status: Married
Nationality: New Zealand Maori
University of Canterbury (Present Study); Masters of Māori and Indigenous Leadership
Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiaarangi (2005); Bachelor of Maori Education Degree
Massey University (2001); Human Development 1 (A+)
Massey University (1999); Bachelor of Education 1st Year (Major in P.E.)
Manawatu Polytechnic (1998); Certificate in Sport Science and Coaching
Relevant Work Experience
Taneatua School (2019 – Present): Tāneatua, Eastern Bay of Plenty, New Zealand – Principal
Waiouru School (2012 – 2019); Waiouru, New Zealand – Principal
Pukeokahu School (2010 – 2012); Taihape, New Zealand – Principal
Russell Street School (2007 – 2009); Palmerston North, New Zealand – Scale A Teacher
Saint Mary’s School (February – December 2006); Palmerston North, New Zealand – Scale A Teacher
Eastern Bay of Plenty Schools (April – December 2005); Whakatane, Taneatua, Galatea – Day to Day Relief Teacher.
Julian’s Berry Farm (2002 – 2005); Whakatane, New Zealand – Duty Manager
CLM Whakatane Swimming Baths (2002); Whakatane, New Zealand – Life Guard and Swimming Instructor
Saint Joseph’s School (January – June 2000); Stratford, New Zealand – Sports Co-ordinator and Teacher Aide
I am of Maori descent, my whakapapa can be found on the About Me page of this blog. I am involved with kapahaka, and Maori language programmes within the school environment.
I am proficient in the use of both Apple and PC Computers. I have used, taught and facilitated a variety of applications and Web2.0 tools.. All use of ICTs in my classroom is integrated in a purposeful way into key learning areas. I am also experienced in facilitating professional development programmes in this area. At uLearn09, I presented a workshop on Classroom Blogging.
I teach the process of inquiry learning and its skills, which is integrated into my Guided Reading programme. I find that this allows me the freedom to commit to individualised learning programmes for students. I am comfortable and confident to teach inquiry learning at all levels.
Higher Order Thinking Skills
I have received a significant amount of professional development in this area through the Massey University Gifted and Talented Network. I have used, to great success, the following tools: De Bono’s Thinking Hata, Hyerle’s Thinking Maps, Boom’s Taxonomy, Anderson’s Thinking Keys, Costas and Kallick’s Habits of Mind and The William’s Model.
In my first year of teaching I was fortunate to be involved in comprehensive Literacy Professional Development. We looked at the use of asTTle as a diagnostic tool; the explicit teaching of the deeper features of writing; the effective use of learning intentions and development of success criteria. During my time at Russell Street School, I have consolidated my understanding of literacy through constant professional feedback and guidance. I run a fluid programme that integrates personal choice and individualised programmes; inquiry and research skills; referencing; comprehensive writing instruction and ICT as a means of capturing an authentic audience for student writers.
I am an enthusiastic sports women who has been involved in coaching since I graduated with a Certificate in Sports Science and Coaching. I am involved in Netball, Basketball, Cricket and Touch Rugby. During 2007 and 2008 I coached both a junior and senior basketball team for Russell Street School. I also have my Kiwi Sport Accredited Training Certificates in Golf, Rugby, Mini-ball, Orienteering, KiwiCan and Fundamental Skills. I am also a trained lifeguard though my qualifications will have expired by now.
I completed my numeracy training three years ago. I am more than proficient in assessing, planning and teaching a successful numeracy programme.