Meet the Team
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. In 1998 she became a lecturer in Technology at Auckland College of Education, becoming Head of Technology prior to the amalgamation with the University of Auckland. She is still lecturing in Technology as well as being the faculty’s Director of Postgraduate Taught Courses. Kerry is passionate about technology education and making a difference to children’s learning. Her research focusses on innovations in education and has been widely published.
Deputy Chair, Treasurer, Website
Mike has been involved in technology education 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 Waikato University who prepared the initial 'wave' of facilitators to introduce the 1995 Technology Curriculum. Mike has worked in initial teacher education for over twenty years, initially at Hamilton Teachers' College and then at the University of Waikato where he taught technology and science education and supervised postgraduate research. Mike retired from the university in 2016 and is a director of iCconcept Enterprises Ltd, a web services and development company.
Immediate Past Chair
Wendy is an Associate Professor at the University of Waikato. She was chair of TENZ from 2006 to 2018, and has convened two TENZ conferences: TENZ 2005 and TENZ/ICTE2017. Wendy taught at the University of Canterbury’s College of Education, in Technology Education, primary and secondary, Professional Inquiry Studies and Inquiry Learning from 1997-2017. Research special interests include authentic learning in technology education, the role and nature of effective conversation in learning and teaching and learning approaches for the 21st Century. She has presented regularly at PATT and other international conferences and published in a range of journals and books in the field of technology education. Wendy is a registered and certified teacher (primary).
Louise is an Associate director of the TEMS Centre, University of Waikato, has been senior lecturer in technology education since 2013, and lecturer at the Faculty of Education since 2004. She teaches primary pre-service teachers in both graduate and undergraduate papers, working in Hamilton, Tauranga and on-line. Prior to this, she was a primary school teacher with a special interest in junior primary students and education outside the classroom. In 1997 she was seconded to the University of Waikato to join a team to facilitate the first Ministry of Education technology contract, and in 1999 was appointed the Director of the second Technology in the New Zealand Curriculum contract. She has also worked on a wide range of associated contracts including Technology Education for Year 7 & 8 specialist teachers, planning and assessment contracts and the development of resources for technology.
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.
My technology teaching background is in the food and fabric technology areas, which has been in a range of low and high decile intermediate and secondary schools around NZ. I’m passionate about technology education, especially providing learning opportunities to students by bringing the outside world into the classroom. My recently completed PhD explored how we could educate for food literacy. I am encouraged to see some great networking already exists in some regions of TENZ, and am keen to set up and extend these opportunities in others.
Elizabeth [Liz] Reinsfield is a lecturer in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education at the University of Waikato. Prior to her role at the University, she led and taught secondary technology education in New Zealand and the United Kingdom for sixteen years. Liz holds a BEd(Hons) from Leeds Metropolitan University and a Masters in Education (First Class) from the University of Waikato. She also has a PhD from Waikato which explored how secondary teachers' perceptions of technology education influenced their engagement with, and enactment of, the New Zealand Curriculum. Liz has recently been awarded funding to explore the nature of learner-centred pedagogies in ILE's for secondary teachers who are motivated to teach the curriculum within a future-focused context.