Two new team members announced

News items - 23 May 2016

There have been a few changes to the Teach First NZ staff team recently – we are sad to have farewelled two valued staff members, but are pleased to welcome two new exceptional individuals on board.

There have been a few changes to the Teach First NZ staff team recently – we are sad to have farewelled two valued staff members who have both been integral to the Teach First NZ whānau: Mike Hughes, our Director of Teacher Preparation and Support, as well as Robbie Davidson, Associate Director of Teacher Preparation and Support. We wish to honour them for serving our community so excellently and wholeheartedly.

As such, we now have had the privilege of welcoming two new staff members to the team: Jono Smith and Michelle Johansson. On secondment from one of our partner schools, Onehunga High School, Jono has been Deputy Principal for the last four years, and has already been impacting our participants as a Host School Coordinator. His passion for collaboration and cultivating positive relationships within school communities is a perfect fit for our organisation and wider Teach First NZ community.

Michelle has been a part of the wider Teach First NZ community for many years now, in particular supporting participant recruitment, and so we are thrilled that she will be  part of the core staff team from July onwards. Her experience in teaching both at secondary and tertiary levels, as well as Pasifika advisory roles, and commitment to Maori and Pasifika young people, plus her PhD and research work, will a tremendous asset to the team.

We wish Mike and Robbie all the best in their new adventures and warmly welcome our new team members, Jono and Michelle, who will be joining Lynne Savage, who has been holding the fort for our Teacher Preparation and Support team during this time of transition.