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Grace Winter

About me

Kia Ora, I am a passionate teacher and centre manager at First Steps Vardon in the wonderful Waikato. Most recently I have joined the CORE whãnau as a Curriculum Champion. 

I love being a part of the Early Childhood community within Aotearoa, and have had the privilege of experiencing teaching and learning in a range of different settings, with different age groups over the 8 years I have been involved in ECE.  I believe being a teacher encompasses many roles, which requires one to be not only an educator, but also a nurturer, peer, co-explorer, advocate and enthusiastic learner. Furthermore, I believe being a teacher requires a strong commitment to children, their families/whãnau and tI believe being a teacher encompasses many roles, which requires one to be not only an educator, but also a nurturer, peer, co-explorer, advocate and enthusiastic learner. Furthermore, I believe being a teacher requires a strong commitment to children, their families/whãnau.

I have continued to grow myself through this journey and am at a very exciting time in my teaching career, as I am exploring and developing leadership through my managers role, providing professional development to the wider ECE community and my Curriculum Champion role with CORE. I feel my Leadership philosophy deeply reflects my beliefs towards teaching and working alongside children and their parents/whãnau. I say this because I believe the principles of respect, instilling a love for learning and personal growth, collaboration and meaningful discovery is equally as important when leading a team and growing others. Allowing individuals to realize their own strengths, passions and path is essential to engagement and learning at any age, and coaching is a skill I have been focusing on developing and using within my leadership role for the past year as part of my own inquiry. Creating a shared vision and promoting collaboration within teams is also particularly important to the success of creating quality learning programmes which promote not only the holistic development of the child, but the family, and the communities they exist within as well. When leadership is effective it begins together all the stakeholders and enables a richness of community that fosters true feelings of belonging and well-being through which learning and creativity thrives for all involved. 

 

Brief description: Teacher, Manager and Curriculum Champion passionate about advocating for positive change in ECE
Telephone: +64 021 914 536
Organisation you work for: BestStart Educare and CORE Education