Curriculum Vitae

Marama Clair Stewart

Personal Details

Date of Birth: 28th February 1980

Marital Status: Married

Nationality: New Zealand Maori

Registration: Full



Tertiary Education

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

Teaching Strengths


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.

Inquiry Learning

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.

Physical Education

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.