Digital Technologies

Sheree Bennett

HoD Digital Innovation & e-learning

PGDipCBL; GradDipTchg; TEFL Cert
Phone: 04 388 0850
Email: bennetts@scotscollege.school.nz

Sheree joined Scots College in January 2019 as an experienced IB MYP and Diploma Mathematics and Digital Technologies teacher and IB workshop leader.  Previously Sheree was a Head of House, Microsoft Innovative Educator and innovative practice coach at Immanuel College in Adelaide Australia where she worked with the Independent Schools Association to trial and document the use of a Nao humanoid robot in mathematics, language learning, pastoral care and in code club. With 18 years’ experience teaching in IB International Schools Sheree became an IB school authorisation team visitor in 2015, working with schools and teachers and supporting them in their MYP journeys. 

As a Head of House Sheree introduced a vertical teams structure for pastoral care and developed a student-led community service programme, providing leadership opportunities and a sense of community for students at all Year Levels. Sheree brings considerable pastoral and academic expertise to the school along with a passion for the use of innovative technologies to enable students to develop their critical and creative thinking and become the problem solvers that our world truly needs.

Having worked in multimedia development and information technology at Waikato University along with her international experience Sheree also has an understanding of national, international and overseas qualifications. She is well-placed to equip students for future study and has experience in preparing and placing students in top international universities including Oxford, Cambridge and Johns Hopkins in the United States. 

Sheree believes that passion for teaching learning and genuine concern for the welfare of the students lie at the heart of successful schooling. Sheree’s iwi is Kai Tahu and her hapu is Kāti Māmoe and she has strong ties to her cultural heritage but also sees herself very much as a global citizen. Outside the classroom you will find her enjoying her family, visiting her three young grandsons, watching movies, gardening, reading and working on her master’s degree.

John Barrow

Digital Technologies Teacher
TiC ICT

BSc, BA (History), PGDipSecEd
Phone: (04) 388 0850
John.Barrow@scotscollege.school.nz

John comes with an IT background of approximately 20 years of experience in the corporate environment.

He started work in Geographic information systems moving into systems administration with Ministry of Housing before IT management at the NZRU. His career took him overseas where he worked at KEVII hospital, and KPNQwest where he managed email for 5000 users in 22 countries being based in the Hague and Munich. On returning to NZ John worked with Identity Services before looking for a change of career, to fit better with a young family. After teaching science for a year his IT background took him in another direction, working in security with Fujitsu. From there he worked in Singapore for four years doing project management, business analysis and IT management with his last role being a Regional Technical Manager Asia Pacific for Mako networks. On returning to NZ John worked at Victoria University in outreach, going out to schools to run programmes with robotics, drones, Arduino, VR and technology for students, as well as running PD workshops for teachers and running coding clubs and public events. As part of his career he has 26 industry related IT exams (MCSE, MCITP (MS ID# 479731) CCSA & others).

John’s wife is a Doctor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at CCDHB) and they have two children. He has returned to teaching as “I enjoy learning and the energy of students”. In his spare time he enjoys diving and hunting, although with a family these have been on the back burner, “I am looking forward to when I can do a PADI course with my kids”. He also enjoys movies, gaming, reading and history. His wife teased him that he reads so many history books he should do a degree in it, so he did! “a great excuse to buy more books”.

Thomas Han Stevenson

Thomas Han Stevenson
TiC Digital Technology

BSc Comp Sci; BA Des; Grad Cert Tchng; Post Grad Cert Digital and Collaborative Teaching
Phone: 04 388 0850
Email: thomas.hanstevenson@scotscollege.school.nz

Thomas has experience teaching and working in technology and design both locally and internationally. With a wide skill set within Technology, primarily teaching digital tech but also engineering, DVC, and design. Prior to Scots College Wellington he has taught at both Wellington College and Scots College in Australia where he was also part of their boarding faculty.

Prior to teaching Thomas worked as a Software Specialist in London, running multi-day workshops for the construction industry around modelling and visualisation. He also has experience as a team manager and graphic designer for Shelter Centre in Geneva, Switzerland and briefly worked for UNHCR on their publication team before returning to NZ to teach.

In addition to teaching, technology and design Thomas is a passionate basketballer having coached every year that he has been a teacher.

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