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Ko Taumarere te awa
Ko Ngātokimatwhaorua te waka
Ko Ngāti Manu te hapū
Ko Ngāpuhi te iwi
Ko Tuhourangi me Te Aupouri ngā iwi hoki
Doreen has recently joined our whānau at Evaluation Associates | Te Huinga Kākākura Mātauranga as an education consultant. Doreen takes a holistic approach in her work and is successful at bringing others onboard in the co-design of solutions.
Doreen has expertise and experience in the following areas:
raising Māori achievement & developing cultural capability
supporting bilingual units
using data effectively
teaching as inquiry
developing safe learning communities
mentoring school leadership teams
Dorren is part of the team developing our Niho Taniwha professional learning programme. She supports schools and Kāhui Ako to strengthen their cultural capability through workshops, online courses and in-depth professional learning.
Believing that magic happens in the classroom and that strong positive relationships are key between ākonga and kaiako, Doreen has been able to effect change and create safe spaces for ākonga to learn. She maintains that working to support whānau, hapū and iwi aspirations is critical whilst maintaining the mana of all involved.
Doreen has taught in primary, intermediate and secondary schools, including single sex schools. In 2016, Doreen led a project for the Tai Tokerau Ministry of Education where she worked with tumuaki and principals to raise the achievement of Māori learners in NCEA.
Doreen’s most recent experience in leadership was as Tumuaki at Te Kura Takiwa o Taipā (Taipā Area School). During leadership training with The Springboard Trust, she forged strong relationships with iwi, particularly Ngāti Kahu, that led to a major transformation of the school. She supported fellow principals as Chair of the Far North Principals’ Association and was the interim lead for the Kāhui Tai Kura o te Hiku (Kāhui Ako).
Doreen was deputy principal of Whangarei Girls’ High School for over nine years, leading literacy and inclusive practices with a focus on Māori students and learners with special education needs. Doreen was actively involved in the pastoral systems and has worked across Te Tai Tokerau as a resource teacher of learning and behaviour.
Doreen lives in Kororāreka (Russell) and enjoys her mokopuna, arts and crafts, waka ama and you can regularly find her on the tennis court or out in the bay on her boat.