Meet Shelley the LEARNZ teacher

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Job: 

I am a field trip teacher with LEARNZ.

Job description: 

I organise geography and social science trips to a variety of places including Antarctica, mountains, glaciers, rātā forests and geologically active areas. In term three you can join me in Auckland to discover how the Western Ring Route in Auckland is to be completed through the construction of the Waterview Connection. You can follow the progress of the New Zealand Transport Agency over a series of four field trips as they complete New Zealand's largest roading project. I'm looking forward to seeing the progress since last year's field trip and finding out more about the new cycleways.

Each LEARNZ field trip has background pages so that everyone knows where we are going and what we are going to see. These pages give helpful supporting information and are linked to the curriculum. I am happy to make videos, take photos and organise audioconferences with experts about anything related to your classroom programme.

There are also activities associated with the background pages to further assist your students' learning. Please don't hesitate to share any ideas that you may have that can help us to improve the programme.

On location I am lucky enough to work with experts and we talk live to schools during audioconferences. You and your class can feel part of the journey by reading my daily field trip diary, which is posted each evening. From the comfort of your own classroom you can also experience new images and videos, which are updated daily during the field trip.

Work background: 

I have been teaching for ten years. I was in charge of science and outdoor education at Tahuna Normal Intermediate School. I became a LEARNZ secondary teacher in 2009.

Favourite part of job: 

Getting out and about all around exciting and interesting places in New Zealand and meeting experts in the field.

Least favourite part of job: 

Office work.

Qualifications: 
  • Bachelor of Science majoring in Physical Geography
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Diploma of Teaching
Interests outside work: 

Spending quality time with my husband Paul, and our two cats; George and Tommie. I love anything that involves the outdoors and a bit of exercise. I enjoy mountaineering, rock climbing, ski touring, trail running, mountain biking and travel. I am always keen to learn more about our environment and how we can protect it for future generations.


Shelley during a LEARNZ field trip to Antarctica. Image: LEARNZ.