Our Governance Group Roles and Responsibilities

The Governance Group are responsible for overseeing the strategic and financial planning of the VLN Primary School. All our team are passionate about empowering young people with equity & access to education, have networks and experience in business and the community, and are serious about making a difference. They also support the VLN Primary School management team to provide primary schools with:

  • support and leadership for virtual learning,
  • effective coordination of virtual learning programmes,
  • professional learning to enable quality online teaching and learning programmes,
  • personnel to advocate for virtual learning initiatives.

2020 – 2021 Annual Report: ePrincipal Rachel Whalley

VLNP Charter Document 2021 – 2023

Rachel Whalley – VLN Primary ePrincipal

Rachel has led the development of the VLN Primary School as ePrincipal for a number of years. She is passionate about equity and access to education for all learners and the potential of the internet to connect learners. Rachel is a Primary trained and NZ registered teacher. I think technologies can be a great enabler… Read More

John Owen

John has worked in technology for 25 years and has seen how it has brought many significant changes to the way businesses operate – both in terms of what they do and how efficiently they do it. The most significant changes have been around communication, culminating in the wide range of social and collaboration tools… Read More

Dr Michael Barbour

Michael K. Barbour is an Associate Professor of Instructional Design for the College of Education and Health Sciences at Touro University, California in Vallejo, California, USA. He has been involved with K-12 online learning for almost two decades as a researcher, evaluator, teacher, course designer and administrator. His research has focused on the effective design,… Read More

Rick Whalley – Chair

Rick is committed to supporting the educational community to develop their pedagogy, to help learners grow and have access to the education opportunities they need. Rick is an experienced educational leader and classroom teacher with a decade of experience as a principal in New Zealand schools. Rick joined the CORE Education team in 2013 as a… Read More

Melvin Dinn

Melvin is an experienced Physics and Mathematics teacher and currently teaches in primary schools. Melvin has been very active in STEAM Learning and digital collaboration with several schools in China. Apart from teaching in two schools, Melvin runs two Live stream classes per week Dual STEAM learning. This is a collaboration with PhD students from… Read More

Lucie Lindsay

Lucie is an NZ registered, experienced primary teacher. Her background includes teacher professional learning development on digital and collaborative teaching, and Information Technology roles. She teaches VLNPS Digital Technologies Extension. Lucie has a Master of Professional Studies in Education and is currently studying part-time toward a PhD in networked learning design.

Geoff Wood

Health and Life Skills teacher Geoff Wood has been on the Virtual Learning Network Board for the past five years: The previous three years as Chair. Geoff started teaching at Rosmini College following a sixteen year stint as a member of the faculty and project director at Washington State University, where he managed a number… Read More

Tam Dobie

Tam has been involved with the VLN community of schools since 2008 and with the VLN Primary schools from its creation. As part of the, then, elearning and channels Teams at the Ministry of Education, Tam has been a member of various teams that worked on the development and operation services intended to support the… Read More