I am a teaching deputy principal at Oakura School in coastal Taranaki. I am starting my fourth year here after moving from Wellington where I spent the majority of my time teaching at Thorndon School. I first started my involvement with the VLN as a teacher of Japanese in 2010. I taught Japanese through the VLN for six years and loved meeting students from schools around New Zealand. In 2014 I became part of the Governance Group. I enjoy and value being invovled in such a forward thinking, competency based and collaboratively global learning platform. I believe our students in the VLN have an advantage in their learning as they build confidence, connections and a large range of personal and academic capabilities.