2016

As I begin to plan for 2017, I’ve been reflecting on what a milestone year 2016 was for me. I took my first (and last) sabbatical leave in 40 years of teaching and principalship. That time out led me to consider “retirement” from the role of school leadership – a major, soul-searching step which I achieved at the end of July. I was honoured by the Kia Aroha College whanau with an amazing farewell. I established my own education consulting business, developed its website, and had to learn fast about accounting, invoicing, and being self-employed. I wrote a book, and had it published in New York. I travelled to Samoa, Washington DC, and San Francisco. I developed ongoing partnerships with six awesome schools who are committed to authentic, critical, culturally responsive learning. I gave 12 keynote and guest speaker presentations, all over the country. I completed two research/writing contracts. The icing on my 2016 cake was the safe and healthy arrival of my 13th grandchild and my 4th great grandchild in December. All that – plus the resignations of both Hekia Parata and John Key! Joy all round on the whānau, professional, and political fronts! More please 2017! Happy New Year everyone!