I am the proud mother of Tayla and Brodie. I live at Muriwai Beach in Auckland NZ with my darling husband George and our treasured dog Mazzy.
I have taught for more than 25 years, in various capacities, at primary and intermediate schools across Auckland. I also worked for 4 years as an art educator at the Auckland Art Gallery - New Zealand's largest and finest gallery - where I designed and delivered visual arts programmes to primary, secondary and special needs children, as well as Professional Development courses for teachers.
I founded Creative Matters in response to an increasing need and demand for rich, creative opportunities for children - both in and out of school - with a genuine belief in the value of creative experiences and the creative process.
Four and a half years on, Creative Matters has blossomed into a well known company with a team of 18 passionate art educators and 2 administrators. We have 25 creative workshops for children after school across Auckland as well as creative workshops every school holidays at two venues (and growing!). We facilitate Developing the Creative Process Professional Development courses for both Early Childhood educators and primary teachers.
To date we've taught more than 200 creative workshops, worked with more than 2000 children, teens and adults and over 200 teachers. We deliver our programmes in Auckland in schools, community venues, at Kohia Centre, University of Auckland and at Studio One Toi Tu.
We believe creative opportunities should be accessible to all children and have funding to support this in 5 of our workshops.