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HoD Digital Innovation
PGDipCBL; GradDipTchg; TEFL Cert
Phone: 04 388 0850
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.
Teacher of Physics & MS Science
Teacher of Digital Technology
BE (Electrical) Hons Auckland, Dip Tchg
Phone: 04 388 0850
Rob joined our staff at Scots College in 2019. He brings a wealth of experience in teaching Physics and the sciences. He has taught Bursary, Scholarship, A Level, IB and NCEA Physics in New Zealand and England. Previous appointments include HOD Physics positions in Physics at Wellington College, St Pat’s Silverstream, Brentwood School (Essex, 2008-9) and Queen Margaret’s College. He has 10 years of IB experience.
Rob’s background in Electrical Engineering finds expression in his passion for Digital Technology with its applications to support teaching.
His first computer was a Commodore 128D, the D was a disk drive when all the other computers on the market were using cassette tapes to store the programs. Using Basic, Rob designed a motorised markbook before excel became the standard spreadsheet used by most teachers. He has continued to experiment with technology, it took him two years to design and develop a computerised model train set using a Basic Stamp which was the processor to the Arduino.
He brings his experience in designing and successfully pioneering a technology program utilising a laser cutter, and robot technologies with mBot and Arduino platforms.
Rob’s teaching roles have been happily juggled in support of his wife Jackie’s training and career as an obstetrician and gynaecologist. He particularly enjoyed the opportunities to be house dad and teach overseas. Rob is a musician and plays regularly in a church band. He also is an experienced sound technician and lighting coordinator and been involved in the technical production of school shows over the years. To keep fit Rob is presently mountain biking the tracks around Wellington.
Teacher of Mathematics and Graphic Design in the Middle and Senior School
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Applied Biology (Hons)
Phone 04 388 0850 ext 539
Rob is responsible for teaching graphic design in the middle school and mathematics in the senior school. 2016 is his 13th year of teaching at Scots College. In 2015 he completed a 12 week sabbatical which included school visits in China and Italy, and time in Europe.
Originally from Bristol, Rob completed his honours degree in applied biology at Demontfort University in 1992. His post graduate studies in education at Bath University were completed in 1994 and he taught science at Westfield Academy in the south of England for two years. He came to New Zealand in 1997 for the opportunity to race the New Zealand national mountain bike series and decided to make it home. Prior to starting at Scots College, he taught at Newlands College and Queen Margaret College in Wellington.
Rob is a Smith house tutor and takes an active role in all aspects of college life. He has a passion for cycle sports, particularly road racing, mountain biking and cyclocross. He manages and coaches the senior cycling team.
In his spare time Rob enjoys cooking for his family and friends, sampling New Zealand wines and going to the movies.