I am a teacher by trade, accumulating the bulk of my experience during my 10 years working in a large secondary school community in Wellington. While I was a teacher for the most part, in 2009 I became a pastoral dean. It was in this role that I was introduced to restorative practice.
This same year, and with the support of the principal I completed formal training as a Community Conference Facilitator with a colleague and together we began working with SLT, staff and students to design PLD programmes to implement restorative practices across the school. I collaborated with staff to develop a comprehensive staff handbook on restorative processes and led the Restorative Implementation Team. I also led several presentations in other schools within the region on restorative practice implementation and facilitation. In 2010 I became the Restorative Practice Coordinator and Lead Conference Facilitator in the school until I left at the end of 2012. By this time I had facilitated over 30 major restorative conferences, mentored staff to become proficient facilitators and had developed and successfully implemented an end to end process for others to facilitate conferences with success.
Late in 2013 I began working as the Senior Adviser for the Ministry of Education’s PB4L Restorative Practice team, primarily responsible for the development of the PB4L Restorative Practice model and held the pen on the four PB4L Restorative Practice kete books for schools. This was achieved with the endorsement of the PB4L Restorative Practice sector reference group made of sector leaders in the feild in Wellington.
In 2014 I also coordinated, designed and co-facilitated the delivery of PB4L Restorative Practice Circles, Conference and coach training in the Greater Wellington region and provided ongoing practice support to school practice leads. By the time I completed my work at the Ministry in 2015, I had been actively involved in the training, implementation and support of over 30 school’s across New Zealand.
More recently I was on the PB4L Restorative Practice team at the University of Waikato as the Regional Coordinator for central south. This role took me across the lower north island working with over thirty schools supporting the implementation of the PB4L Restorative Practice programme in their school.
Currently working as a full time art teacher in a large secondary school in Wellington which I absolutely love as art was and remains my first true love.