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Our Team

Click through this presentation to meet the members of our  Governance team


Welcome to new Governance Group Members:


Wayne Howes - Moanataiari School

Wayne has over 30 years experience as a primary teacher with a strong background in supporting classroom teaching through the use of technologies. He is a graduate of Wintec's Information Technologies in Education Diploma programme and Waikato University's eEducation Diploma. Wayne has held leadership roles in ICTPD clusters in the Thames, Coromandel area and was Co-Director of the Kopu Digital Opportunities Contract.

Wayne lived in Asia for 7 years, and traveled and taught English in Singapore and Malaysia. He returned to classroom teaching at Moanataiari Primary School in Thames in 2014. Wayne says, "I have taken the opportunity to involve my students in VLN Primary lessons to provide learning experiences that they would not receive in any classroom at our school . I can see great potential for this form of teaching and learning and would like to apply my skills to helping with the success of VLN in Primary Schools."

imageMichael K. Barbour

Michael K. Barbour is the Director of Doctoral Studies for the Isabelle Farrington College of Education and an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. He has been involved with K-12 online learning for almost two decades as a researcher, evaluator, teacher, course designer and administrator. His research has focused on the effective design, delivery and support of K-12 online learning, particularly for students located in rural jurisdictions. Recently, Dr. Barbour’s focus has shifted to policy related to effective online learning environments.

In 2014 Dr. Barbour was named as a Fellow of the National Education Policy Center (NEPC), an organization that is influential with policymakers on the national and international level.  He was also named an Honorary Lifetime Member and Board Member of the Canadian E-Learning Network (an organization devoted to K-12 online and blended learning in Canada). Dr. Barbour's expertise in K-12 distance education has resulted in invitations to testify before House and Senate committees in several states, as well as consulting for Ministries of Education across Canada and in New Zealand.
Michael's New Zealand publications are Virtual Education as an Impetus for Educational Change' 2013 (with Derek Wenmoth); and
'Primary and Secondary e-Learning: Examining the Process of Achieving Maturity' 2011 (supported by DEANZ).