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Meet Shelley the LEARNZ field trip teacher


I am a field trip teacher for 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 four you can join me in Antarctica for a trip of a life time! You will have to complete your Antarctic field training before you can go out on the sea ice with scientists to investigate how sea ice forms and grows.

Each LEARNZ field trip has background pages so that everyone knows where we're 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 alongside 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 taught for ten years and 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.

  • Bachelor of Science majoring in Physical Geography
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Diploma of Teaching

Shelley the LEARNZ field trip teacher at Cape Byrd in Antarctica during last year's LEARNZ Antarctic field trip. Image: LEARNZ.