Meet the Team

TENZ Council 2020

Kerry Lee


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 focuses on innovations in education and has been widely published.


Mike Forret

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.


Wendy Slatter

Regional Coordination, Professional Learning

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.


Hamish Johnston

Executive Secretary, Social Media

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 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.


Sarah Washbrooke

Regional Coordination, Professional Learning, Social Media

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.


Natalie Oldfield

Marketing, Communications, Promotions

Natalie began her teaching journey in 2019, as a digital technology teacher at Rototuna Senior High School. Teaching has been an exciting career change for Natalie as she brings her years of design and digital media industry experience into the classroom.
After completing a Bachelor of Design (honours) from Massey University, specialising in Digital Media, Natalie enjoyed working in digital and print design, marketing and brand development as well as web design. During teacher training at Waikato University in 2018, Natalie enjoyed learning about technology as enacted in the New Zealand curriculum, finding natural links between the curriculum document and her design process in the industry.
As a teacher, Natalie is passionate about technology education and authentic, relevant learning for all students.
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Chris Kennedy

Ministry Relations

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.


Joyce Shankar-Kay

Professional Learning

Joyce Shankar-Kay is an experienced technology educator with a background in Food Science and Human Nutrition (BSc. University of Otago). Joyce has taught for over 20 years in a variety of schools, at a variety of age-levels, and at a variety of decile ratings both here and the UK.  Joyce has teaching experiences in most of the specialist technological areas in the NZC and is excited about the possibilities that the technology curriculum area brings to integrated programmes and STEM/STEAM concepts. Joyce brings experiences in team leadership, curriculum design and delivery, mentoring and networking with kaiako from around New Zealand to the TENZ Council.

Swathi Rangarajan

Swathi Rangarajan

Student Representative

Swathi Rangarajan is a second-year PhD student in the Faculty of Education at the University of Waikato. Her topic relates to formative assessment in technology education for which she worked with primary teachers in New Zealand. Prior to her doctoral study, she did her Master's degree at the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland.
Her bachelor’s degree is in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mumbai, India. After her Bachelor's degree, she worked on product development, electrical design and engineering, and market research of electrical products for 9 years and as a full-time teacher for 2 years.


Lisa Byers

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.


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.