Meet the Team

TENZ Council 2022
Chris

Chris Kennedy

Chairperson

Chris is Head of Technology in a secondary school, and teaches Design and Visual Communication subjects. He studied a Bachelor of Design Innovation specialising in Industrial Design at Victoria University, and worked in shoe and bag repair before entering the teaching profession.
Chris is passionate about adapting our uniquely flexible Technology curriculum to suit the needs of students, schools and communities. He believes collaboration between curriculum areas is key to authentic, engaging learning, and Technology can be a powerful hub for this collaboration.

Kerry

Kerry Lee

Immediate Past Chair, Research, ITE, Professional Learning

Kerry has been involved in Technology Education since the inception of the Technology curriculum. She was one of the ‘first fifteen’ teachers who were trained at Waikato University to facilitate the introduction of the 1995 Technology curriculum to schools. After working for Team Solutions to provide PLD for principals and teachers in the Northland-Auckland area, Kerry became a lecturer in Technology at the Auckland College of Education later becoming Head of Technology prior to the amalgamation with the University of Auckland. Kerry is now a senior lecturer and STEM discipline chair for the faculty, which enables her to supervise numerous masters and doctoral research students. Kerry is passionate about technology education and making a difference to children’s learning. Her research focuses on innovations in education and has been widely published.

Mike

Mike Forret

Deputy Chair - Operations & Finance

Mike has been involved in technology education in New Zealand since its beginning in 1992. He was involved in writing the early versions of the Technology Curriculum and was one of the teacher educators at the University of Waikato who prepared the initial 'wave' of facilitators to introduce the 1995 Technology Curriculum. Mike began in education as a science and physics teacher and subsequently worked in initial teacher education for over 20 years, initially at Hamilton Teachers' College and then at the University of Waikato where he taught pre-service teacher education courses and supervised postgraduate research in technology and science education. In 2019 Mike was awarded the Technology Education New Zealand (TENZ) Outstanding Teacher Educator in Technology award. Mike retired from the university in 2016 but continues his long standing involvement with TENZ where he has served as deputy chair since 2018. Mike is also director of a web services and development company.

Hamish

Hamish Johnston

Deputy Chair - Governance & Policy

Hamish is a recent graduate from the University of Canterbury. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Secondary) and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. He is currently the Digital Technology teacher, Assistant Head of Faculty, Marketing Lead, & Cohort Testing Lead at Kaiapoi High School. Hamish is passionate about technology and seeing ākonga learn and succeed.
As of February, 2019, he sits on the CDTT (Canterbury Digital Technology Teachers) committee; while also consulting with the University of Canterbury Computer Science and Software Engineering Department. He received the Asia New Zealand Foundation Advocate for Inclusion and Diversity Award at the Canterbury Youth Awards in 2018.
He embraces change, and is enthusiastic about how the changes to the digital technology curriculum can benefit the entire curriculum.

Brenda

Brenda Brook

Deputy Chair - Membership & Engagement

Brenda Brook has been a secondary teacher who managed a large food and fabric technology department (years 7-13) over several decades. During that time, she mentored numerous student teachers and beginning technology teachers, some of whom are now successful educators in Otago and beyond.
Highlights during Brenda’s career have been organizing six biennial wearable art competitions for the Taieri school community and winning the prestigious Edna Joyce Howe Scholarship that enabled her to study e-textiles for ten weeks; alongside attending an international symposium in San Francisco.
Brenda continues to be a passionate advocate for sustainability and used this context to encourage her senior students to create new furniture and costume prototypes from discarded materials. Some of those former pupils gained course endorsement in NCEA technology which helped their entry into teaching or a tertiary fashion design institution.
Currently, Brenda and her husband Peter are developing several large gardens on their lifestyle property. Brenda is also President-elect of the Taieri Altrusa Club and looks forward to being of assistance within the TENZ Council.

Sarah-Washbrooke

Sarah Washbrooke

Professional Learning, Resources, Communications

Sarah has been teaching Technology for over twenty years in the UK and NZ after completing her BA (Hons) Industrial Design and Technology degree.
She has lead teams and ran professional learning for teachers in different areas of STEM & Technology. Sarah has taught a wide range of ages, needs and cultures in different school environments as a Technology specialist.
She is always ready to develop her understanding and knowledge in Technology and has taken part in many PL projects, including the MoE Resource development and facilitation project, regional hub leader for Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko and more recently TENZ's Matanga project & DTTA executive.
In the past two years her focus has been to incorporate Digital Technology into her learning programs and help to develop classroom teachers understanding and knowledge in the new progress outcomes.

Lisa

Lisa Byers

Professional Learning, Rsources

Lisa is an experienced primary teacher and team leader within her current school setting.  She has been actively involved in the early implementation of Digital Technology and has been supporting teachers across the Otago Region and Nationally to learn about and integrate Digital Technology into their classroom programmes.
Lisa is a Regional Facilitator for Digital Technology under the mentorship of Kia Takatū - a- Matihiko.
Most recently, Lisa has been using Project Based Learning and STEAM based approaches to integrate Design Thinking into her teaching.
Lisa brings a generalist teaching perspective to the TENZ council and has a keen interest in the Integrated Curriculum, supporting teachers to integrate technological areas across their classroom programme and school year.

Bronwyn

Bronwyn Evans

Professional Learning, ITE, Communications

Bronwyn is a recent graduate from the University of Auckland completing a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary). Awarded a scholarship to assist in a Technology Education research project, her focus was drawn to New Zealand’s world leading technology curriculum and the essential value of technological literacy for future generations. Bronwyn advocates for the potential of technology education to inspire and empower teachers who seek to make learning fun, authentic and responsive to local and global challenges. As a council member she aims to promote the benefits of a TENZ membership for student teachers, develop opportunities for professional learning and make links to industries that are relevant to technology education.

John

John Williams

Research and International

John Williams is a Professor of Education and the Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Education at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia, where he teaches and supervises research students in STEM and technology education.  Apart from Australia, he has worked and studied in a number of African and Indian Ocean countries and in New Zealand and the United States.
His current research interests include STEM, mentoring beginning teachers, PCK and electronic assessment of performance.  He regularly presents at international and national conferences, consults on Technology Education in a number of countries, and is a longstanding member of eight professional associations. He is the series editor of the Springer Contemporary Issues in Technology Education and is on the editorial board of seven professional journals.