Michael was born and grew up in Hamilton, but not the one in New Zealand, the Hamilton in Ontario, Canada. He completed his teaching degree at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. Since graduating he has taught all over the world, including in South Korea, Tanzania, the United Kingdom and, for the past 5 and a half years, New Zealand. He is currently a learning coach at Ormiston Primary school and has filled various roles at schools throughout Auckland, including: e-Learning leader, Maths Lead Teacher and Tutor Teacher.
Michael is a Google Certified Innovator, having recently attended the #SYD17 cohort this past August in Australia. His Innovation project is based around supporting educators in implementing and integrating the new digital technologies curriculum. He is also currently working on projects to create digital breakouts and flipped videos for mathematics learning.
You may recognize Michael from various summits and conferences throughout New Zealand. He has twice made the trip to the USA to present at the annual ISTE summit.
When he’s not working, Michael enjoys running and swimming. He has extensive experience training with some of the top Canadians in the sport of Track and Field and Cross Country. He is currently an avid geocacher.
Michael looks forward to joining the team at Matua Ngaru School. He constantly endeavours to empower the learners in his care and to help them develop into responsible citizens who will shape our current and future world.
2021 Term Dates
Term 1: 9 February - 16 April
Term 2: 3 May - 9 July
Term 3: 26 July - 1 October
Term 4: 18 October - 20 December
Matua Ngaru School
'Ubiquitous learning, on a wave of change'