Reggio Emilia Manawatu - REM
Reggio Emilia Manawatū (REM)
REM is a group of individuals interested in the pedagogy of Reggio Emilia and how it relates to our context here in Aotearoa NZ. We established in 2013. Our focus is on bringing Reggio inspired professional learning and development opportunities to the Manawatū. We usually host 2-3 larger events per year and have an established reading group. If you wish to join our mailing list, please email our secretary.
Annie Harvey has experience as both a primary school and early childhood teacher. She is currently employed at Hokowhitu Kindergarten and has a strong interest in the Reggio Approach. She has a passion for empowering communities to engage in collaborative learning. She runs the Reggio Emilia Manawatū reading group.
Brenda Soutar is Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Awa. She is a leader at Mana Tamariki in Palmerston North and has been interested in the Reggio Emilia approach since her first visit to Italy in 1999. Since then Brenda has encouraged a Mana Tamariki team journey to strengthen understanding of the Reggio Emilia approach as seen through an Aotearoa NZ and kaupapa Māori lens. Brenda currently holds the position of Kaiārahi for REM (guiding tikanga and kaupapa Māori).
Karen Laird is the Curriculum Leader for the Kiwi/Kea Sections (over 2 year olds) at Massey Child Care Centre. Her journey of understanding the Reggio approach began in 2002. Over the last 14 years she has been focused on introducing and implementing the approach into the programme. She was also part of a team of interested and committed educators that established the REM group in the area.
Margot Mackie is the Deputy Principal at Manchester Street School in Feilding She is strongly focused on making transition to school successful for all children.During a sabbatical this year she attended the REANZ study tour and her passion and understanding of the Reggio Emilia approach totally change her philosophy and approach.
Megan Franssen is an early childhood teacher. She became inspired with Reggio Emilia, about four years ago and was very fortunate to get a position at Roslyn Kindergarten in Palmerston North. She attended, Connecting Children to the Atelier of Nature Tuhono ana tamariki ki te taiao Reggio Emilia Aotearoa New Zealand , in 2015. Megan is currently a REM member.
Miria Wipaki is Tūwharetoa, born and raised in Taihape on their whānau farm. She is lead administrator at Mana Tamariki in Palmerston North and was previously a kaiako. Miria's initial interest in the Reggio Emilia approach more than 20 years ago was part of a Mana Tamariki team journey that began with readings, conversations and eventually the privilege of attending an international study tour. Miria is the current REM treasurer.
Susan Clare Suz is a Senior Leader at Massey Child Care Centre in Palmerston North. Her Reggio Emilia journey started over 18 years ago after two colleagues went to a Reggio conference in Auckland. After years of readings, attending national Reggio Emilia inspired professional development, in 2016 Suz had the privilege of attending a conference in Reggio Emilia. Suz is currently the REM coordinator.
Tessa Kirner is the Head Teacher at Hokowhitu Kindergarten in Palmerston North. She has a long interest in the Reggio Emilia approach which began during her time teaching at Rangitoto Kindergarten in the 1990’s. She has extensive experience creating Reggio inspired learning environments.
Vicki Gifkins is currently a visiting teacher for Ruahine Home Based and has experience in Reggio inspired child care and kindergarten teaching. Her interest in the Reggio Emilia approach began as a new teacher and has grown ever since. She is currently the secretary on the REM committee.
Professional Practice as Professional Development
4th April 2016 - 6-9pm
REANZ is delighted to be welcoming Ann Pelo back to Aotearoa New Zealand to share her experiences with us. Ann is a teacher educator, program consultant, and author whose primary work focuses on pedagogical practice, social justice and ecological teaching and learning, and the art of mentoring. Her work is anchored by a commitment to the right of educators to be intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually engaged by their work. Ann offers educators the opportunity to engage with deeper understandings and new questions through the power of story, reflection and collaboration. Ann’s work is sustained by teachers' commitment to growth and challenge, by children's potent capacity for questions, and by families' deep commitment to their children.