I am delighted to have been appointed as Principal of Te Uku School since Term 2 2018. I bring with me a wealth of experience in the world of education, having taught both in New Zealand and in the UK. I have also been extensively involved in teacher training programmes at the University of Waikato, as well as a variety of teacher mentoring and support initiatives. In 2014, I completed my Masters in Educational Leadership, where I focused a large part of my study on looking at a particular passion of mine – how student-teacher relationships influence student achievement at school. I am looking forward to continuing to implement the school vision of ‘Expanding Hearts and Minds - Whakawhanake i te Ngakau i te Hinengaro' as we endeavor to encourage, challenge and inspire students at Te Uku School to be the best versions of themselves, well equipped to make the most of all that the future has to offer them.