The PENZ National Board

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Margot Bowes – President

Margot is currently a Lecturer in Physical Education in the School of Critical Studies in Education at the University of Auckland. Margot has taught Physical Education in schools for 15 years and has been lecturing at university for 10 years. Margot has been involved with PENZ for over 25 years and has been an active member of the Auckland Branch of PENZ Committee since 1995. Her research interests are in senior school physical education, teacher professional development and learning, pedagogy and assessment.

Sue McBain

Sue is a Senior Lecturer in the College of Education, Health and Human Development at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. She has worked in secondary physical education teacher education at the University of Canterbury for 20 years and previous to this, taught both physical education and outdoor education in schools, polytechnics and outdoor education centres. Sue’s research interests include understanding pedagogical problems of practice for physical education teachers; developing physical education classes as learning communities; pedagogies associated teaching about the socio-moral and socio critical and exploring initial teacher education physical education student’s professional identity and its relationship to practice.

Natasha Powell

Natasha is the acting Head of Learning Area; Health and Physical Education at Linwood College in Christchurch. Prior to this she taught at Taihape Area School, where she coordinated and attended various EOTC in the surrounding area. Her time in Auckland gave her the unique perspective of the importance of Early Childhood Education as the Otahuhu Coordinator for HIPPY (Home Interaction Programme for Parents and Youngsters) where she worked closely with and for the Otahuhu community. As Head of Learning Area; Health Education at Tuakau College Natasha implemented NCEA Level 2 Health Education at the school. Natasha had the pleasure of beginning her career at Mangere College with an amazing team teaching Health and Physical Education to vibrant students from predominately Pasifika and Maori backgrounds.

Kane Wilson

Kane comes from the east coast of Whangarei, a small village called Ngunguru. Kane’s whenua is in the far north, Takou, his Iwi is Ngapuhi and Hapu are Ngati Rehia and Ngati Whatua. Kane was educated at Whangarei Boys High School and the first Maori Head Boy in the schools history. His experiences at high school gave him the passion and determination to become an educator and make a difference for youth, empowering them with the skills to lead their future aspirations. Since leaving University Kane has taught at Saint Kentigern College, Kinross Wolaroi School in NSW Australia and is in his tenth year at Dilworth School as the Head of Physical Education. He is passionate about Maori and Pasifika education, in particular how successful boys are in our education system. Kane is married to Helene who is also a trained physical education teacher. They have two sons: Jayden 10 years and Brady 7 years old. Kane has been on the board of North Harbour Touch and is currently a Board member of the Auckland Secondary School Rugby Executive and the President of the Torbay Athletics Club. Kane brings experience in governance, strategic planning, policy and procedure and is looking forward to giving back to the PENZ professional community.

Nichola McCall

Ko Atuanui te maunga, ko Hoteo te awa, ko Kaipara te moana, ko Mahuhu-ki-te-rangi te waka, ko Ngati Whatua te iwi, ko Ngati Rongo te hapu, ko Puatahi te marae, ko Nichola McCall toku ignoa.

Nichola McCall of Ngati Whatua decent and has recently completed a Masters in Professional Studies where her dissertation was titled Nga wawata o te whanau – Decolonising Education at Manurewa High School. She has enjoyed 10 successful year working at Manurewa High School and is currently 2IC of HPE. Her areas of interest include creating and supporting spaces where Maori Indigenous knowledge and practices (as defined by whanau, hapu and/or iwi) are validated and legitimised in order to re-frame and re-claim positive Maori self-representations. She is passionate about all students having access to Te Ao Maori (the Maori world view) and developing their bicultural skills through our HPE programmes.

Celia Fleck

Celia is the PE Curriculum Facilitator for Play.sport, based in Wellington.  Play.Sport is a project supporting teachers, schools, parents and communities to improve the quality of young people’s experiences of play, physical education, physical activity and sport.  Her role allows her to provide much needed Health and Physical Education curriculum support to teachers and schools in the primary and intermediate sector especially.

Prior to this position she worked for 19 years as a Health and Physical Education teacher, including six years in the role of Head of Department.  She is passionate about educational change, and was privileged to lead the Sport in Education Project at Aotea College. This allowed her to lead change in curriculum design and delivery across learning areas, and in developing some innovative teaching and learning, and assessment practices. She now supports the National implementation of Sport in Education across over 20 Secondary Schools.

Katie Spraggon

Katie Spraggon is currently Deputy Principal at Manurewa High School. She has been at Manurewa High School for 12 years and Head of Health and Physical Education for 3 years before taking on a Deputy Principal role this year.  She is currently studying towards her Masters in Educational Leadership through AUT where she is researching curriculum development, design and change leadership. She is also a member of the Auckland PENZ branch where she has been involved with developing the Graduate Mentoring Programme alongside other experienced teachers from a range of schools. She has strongly advocated for Health and Physical Education in the school curriculum and the opportunities that it affords our learners. 

Katie believes in integrative thinking and leadership which challenges and re-imagines what is possible for learners both in the classroom and beyond. She is excited about the opportunities that exist through PENZ and looks forward to the opportunity to drive further developments and initiatives that nurture and grow communities now and into the future.