Alicia trained as a mainstream school teacher but began her teaching career in Kura Kaupapa Māori in Auckland, and later in rumaki reo spaces as well as mainstream schools. Through her mahi she has gained an understanding of the importance of Te Aho Matua for tamariki and whānau. Alicia has done a lot of work around learning and assessment with Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori.
As a mainstream teacher in Auckland, Alicia taught numeracy and literacy, and more recently as an e-learning Facilitator led the implementation of a school wide digital technology plan. She supported teachers with e-blended learning practices for teaching and learning and worked with students to learn to use digital technologies as a tool to create, collaborate, research, learn and teach. This work also included working with whānau in supporting their understanding around future-focused learning through mini-workshops and parent information evenings.
Alicia spent 12 years with her family working in International schools in Asia. The first four years were in South Korea, followed by 8 years in Shenzhen, China. She was an elementary school teacher teaching core subjects, and took on team leader roles for grades 3-5 teachers. Alicia also collaborated on a number of school improvement teams around Literacy curriculum development, Social Studies curriculum development, and Assessment and Reporting. She later transitioned into a role as the Library Media Specialist which involved supporting teachers from KG-Grade 5 with the teaching and assessment of the ALA and ISTE Information Literacy Standards.
- Māori education - both Māori-medium and Māori in English-medium
- Curriculum review, development and implementation
- Supporting Digital Technology implementation in kura
“Kia maia ki te kānga o ta koutou ahi, kei tikina mai, kei tineia e te tangata- Te Tai”
Be strong, be bold in keeping our home fires burning, to never be extinguished and (land) taken from us.
While the context of this kōrero from my tupuna is in reference to my home and whenua in Waihou, Panguru and his wish for our hapū to continue to keep living, working and nurturing our land, I also think about this kōrero and its relevance to my role as an educator for over 20 years.
Sparking joy, growing curiosity and ensuring that we do absolutely everything possible to support our tamariki in keeping their fires burning with a desire to learn, with a passion to create and the determination to succeed is very important to me. For too long now, school experiences for our people have extinguished or taken away those aspirations and choices for success. As a teacher, as a leader, as a facilitator and as a mother I pay heed to my tupuna in that I too must be bold, I must be brave and I must act so that this will not happen.