PCT Beginning Teacher Programme

Courses

First Year PCT
Programme

starting back

(for Teachers who teach 
0-3 Year Students)

First Year PCT
Programme

(for Teachers who teach 
4-8 Year Students)

Second Year PCT
Programme

(for Teachers who teach 
0-3 Year Students)

Second Year PCT
Programme

Starting Back!

(for Teachers who teach 
4-8 Year Students)


Meet Our Facilitators – our Team

Lucie Cheeseman
Lucie Cheeseman

Lucie has been a mathematics facilitator for the past 12 years presenting at Leadership conferences, PCT courses, National conferences and within many varied schools across Auckland. She has a special interest in acceleration programmes in mathematics, curriculum leadership, developing professional learning groups, enabling student agency and whanau connections. Lucie has been facilitating PCT courses for many years and is enthusiastic about igniting the passion and enthusiasm of our newest teachers. But above all else Lucie has a passion for nurturing children’s and teachers love and interest in the creativity of mathematics.

Jo Williams
Jo Williams

Jo has been teaching for over 20 years. In the last 14 years Jo has mentored and advised PCTs as part of their Induction and Mentoring Programme at Kohia Education Centre at the University of Auckland, as well as North Shore and for Learning Network in West Auckland. Alongside this role Jo also runs specialised courses for new entrant teachers. Her strengths lie in developing early numeracy and literacy skills. Jo has been a One Day School teacher, working in gifted and talented education and brings this experience to share with beginning teachers to develop questioning, inquiry and thinkings skills in their own learning environments. She has also been an Ells (ESOL) teacher.

Alison Miller

Alisons background and experience involves adult and tertiary education programme planning and course design. Previously employed at Air New Zealand’s Technical and Commercial Training Schools and Kohia Education Centre at the University of Auckland where she directed professional development programmes working with Early Childhood, New Entrant and Junior Primary teachers.

As a registered teacher and senior evaluative lecturer at AUT Alison assesses, evalutes, guides and supports tertiary students in their professional teaching growth. Her strengths include educational administration, planning, development, mentoring and assessment, skills that she brings to developing the PCT Manukau Programmes. 

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Michele Coxhead
Michele Coxhead

Tēnā koutou katoa Ko Tāwhirirangi te maunga Ko Mōhaka te awa Ko Takitimu te waka Ko Ngāti Pāhauwera te hapū Ko Waipapa-a-Iwi te marae Ko Michele Coxhead tōku ingoa. I am very pleased to be part of this PCT facilitation team supporting kaiako to integrate more te reo Māori into their learning spaces. I have taught years 0-9 in mainstream English medium schools for over 20 years. During the past 5 years I have run workshops for kaiako and schools around New Zealand. As well, I develop te reo resources for kaiako who are learning while teaching. Ngā mihi nui, Michele.

Louise Dempsey
Louise Dempsey

Louise is an experienced teacher, consultant and trainer who has worked in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. She facilitates literacy training and professional learning around New Zealand and Australia; she has completed a range of writing projects for New Zealand and English publishers including the Department of Education in the United Kingdom. Louise is the co-author of The Writing Book (2013) The Oral Language Book (2016) and The Reading Book (2019).

Jill Smythe
Jill Smythe

Jill is an accomplished practitioner with considerable experience as a primary and intermediate classroom teacher. She previously spent three years as a maths learning and development facilitator with Team Solutions and has been a professional teaching fellow at the Faculty of Education, University of Auckland. Jill worked with the Ministry of Education to develop the Accelerated Learning in Maths Programme (ALiM). Her expertise is centred around increasing teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge so that they can affect greater change in their students’ understanding of concepts and accelerate progress in maths learning.

Juliette Laird
Juliette Laird

I look forward to working with PCTs on making The Arts a tool for teaching and learning. I have been teaching Visual Art at Intermediate level for 10 years, also facilitating art from Year 0 upwards and have 12 years experience as a Junior classroom teacher. I feel passionate about the value of including The Arts as a powerful means for children to inquire and learn across the curriculum. From my own and others’ research I know that The Arts matter and are a great way to engage children. Having led a number of PCT workshops at Kohia Education Centre as part of the programme mentored by Jo Williams, I know teachers have taken away ideas that they could use immediately as well as strategies to incorporate The Arts into units and themes.

Sheena Cameron
Sheena Cameron

Tēnā koutou katoa Ko Tāwhirirangi te maunga Ko Mōhaka te awa Ko Sheena is an experienced teacher who has taught at primary, intermediate and tertiary levels. Sheena currently facilitates literacy workshops both in New Zealand and internationally, and with Louise Dempsey has co-authored a number of books including Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies (2009), The Writing Book (2013) and The Reading Book (2019).

Sarah Valintine
Sarah Valintine

For the past three years Sarah has facilitated workshops in Literacy and also in Integrating the Arts and Teaching as Inquiry. She is passionate about empowering PCT’s on their journey to becoming fully registered teachers and developing effective and balanced programmes to meet the needs of diverse learners. Sarah has led a Literacy team at Mt Roskill Primary and Intermediate Schools with a special focus around accelerating student achievement in Literacy; she currently works at Ponsonby Intermediate School as an English specialist teacher when she is not mentoring and facilitating workshops. Sarah’s workshops are designed to engage teachers with practical tools, creative ideas and lots of rich discussion.

Glenn Pressnell
Glenn Pressnell

Glenn has been teaching at Owairaka Primary School, Mt Albert for 13 years. During this time he has developed extensive knowledge on how to effectively and efficiently utilise technology in classroom settings, from both a cyber safety aspect and by researching the best websites available. Owairaka Primary School was one of the first schools to attach themselves to an ICT cluster (Ako Hiko) with Year 4-6 students having access to one-on-one devices. Integrating digital technology throughout the curriculum is very much a part of Glenn’s teaching approach as well as it being part of Owairaka Primary School’s philosophy. Glenn has supported teachers as they navigate their way through digital technology, and has been involved in all new digital initiatives that Owairaka Primary School has engaged in during the past 13 years.

Virginia Best
Virginia Best

Virginia is an experienced teacher, connecting children with the natural environment, this includes her support for the ‘Enviroschools Programme’. She has a passion for the outdoors, believing that children should first engage with their environment with a view to understanding how to care for it. This engagement with the outdoors becomes an inspiration for literacy, maths, science and the arts. Virginia has assisted in setting up and managing the Garden to Table Programme in two Auckland schools; she regularly works with Auckland Council in her capacity as a Centre Educator at Arataki, Waitakere Ranges, teaching and guiding council members about the natural environment. Virginia will provide teachers with simple hands-on sensory activities connecting tamariki to their natural world, her approach is summed up by the whakatauki: Ko au te taiao, te taiao ko au (I am nature, nature is me).

Saga Frost
Saga Frost

Tēnā koSaga’s teaching experience includes mainstream Intermediate and Primary School levels together with specialised Samoan bilingual teaching. One of the highlights of her role as a Samoan bilingual teacher has been to successfully organise two overseas trips to Samoa in 2016 and 2018. She is currently a Year 5 and Year 6 Team Leader at Robertson Road School, Mangere East. Saga has served on the Board of Trustees of several Auckland Central Schools, both as a parent representative for seven years and a staff representative for two years. She is a Within Schools leader and Junior PE and Health Curriculum leader. Saga is actively involved with communities where her abilities and passion for change inspires Pasifika students to succeed to their full potential. Her personal goal is to nurture and grow great teachers.

Manpreet Dhaliwal

Manpreethas been teaching for over 16 years, the last 14 years she has been a mentor to PCT’s and has facilitated many PLD workshops for both experienced and beginning teachers.

Manpreet is currently a team leader for her syndicate and teaches Year 5/6, but has taught across the age ranges. She has an innovative, creative and energetic teaching style and is passionate about sharing her wealth of knowledge with teachers starting out in the profession. 

Manpreet has delivered Dance PLD in several schools over the years with the aIm of highlighting the importance of The Arts. She is passionate about teaching learners about different dance forms, in particular Western hip hop and Bollywood dances and how to create a learning focused environment in the classroom through music and dance. She has extensive knowledge of the Arts curriculum. Manpreet gained a Master of Education in 2014 and is completing a Post Graduate Diploma in TESSOL from The University of Auckland. Alongside this she has a great deal of experience with digital technology. 

Eleanor Hart
Eleanor Hart

Eleanor started out in medical research before switching to primary teaching, she has over 20 years teaching experience both in NZ and the UK. Currently Eleanor is teaching junior students at Laingholm Primary School where she is also the Science Coordinator, recently managing a science enrichment programme. During her work in schools Eleanor has found that harnessing children’s innate curiosity as well as engaging them in science through fun, hands-on exploration and investigation is a positive way to nurture a sense of wonder and awe in our amazing world. Having worked for many years as a mentor for postgraduate teachers, Eleanor is now looking forward to engaging with PCTs, sharing practical ideas and offering encouragement as they embark on a journey of discovery in their own classrooms.


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Why choose us?

Embedded in our philosophy for PCTs is a desire to keep courses practical, realistic and visual. We emphasize integration across the curriculum providing beginning teachers with a good foundation of how to run effective programmes.

Individual sessions are all presented by experienced and respected facilitators in an applied, interactive PLD teaching environment. 

While developing teachers’ pedagogy in education we also believe in the importance of taking this knowledge and seeing how it translates in the classroom where ideas are presented around the ‘how to’. 

We believe that PCTs need ongoing support, advice and guidance as they navigate their way through their first year of teaching.

Our PCT Manukau Programmes offer year round mentoring by Jo Williams as well as informal support as required.

First Year PCTs receive eight PLD days, Second Year PCTs receive seven PLD days, all presented by experienced and recognised facilitators sharing their expertise and knowledge.

These programmes are designed to provide opportunties for teachers from local schools to network and collaborate as they work towards full certification.

We offer a prime location, refreshments, parking on site.


Testimonials

The beginning teacher programmes at MIT Pasifika offer relevant, practical and constructive PLD sessions from a diverse range of experienced and inspiring facilitators. The sessions have been carefully planned to occur at the right time of each term.  

The real point of difference is the continual mentoring that Jo Williams offers during the year, it goes above and beyond what other PLD programmes offer. In addition to guest facilitators who facilitate the workshop contents, Jo attends every session so that she can be available to teachers for regular advice and guidance concerning the day to day realities of teaching. I believe that Jo’s proactive and individualised mentoring is invaluable for teachers at this early stage of their teaching journey. Teachers appreciate that Jo is only a phone call away when needed.

Virginia Best, Owairaka District School

It was great to attend the sessions at MIT with Jo and all the wonderful people she organised for us. I looked forward to each session and received so much valuable information from them.

I remember how Jo said that we should only select a few things to take away with us …. that we can’t do it all …. well, I could never decide what to take and what to leave!

Sandra Jenkins, Rowandale School

The Lucie Cheeseman session was wonderfully eye-opening. It gave me loads of ideas for my maths class and maths teaching practice.

Pearl Paniani Hohaia, Park Estate School

Thank you for all the awesome PD you organised for us! It was really fantastic to complement what my school was doing and to connect to other teachers at the same stage of their careers as me.

Alice Kapoor, Te Kauwhata Primary School

Thank you so much for everything. It has been a great couple of years; the knowledge, ideas and different strategies that have been shared have been very useful in class. Even just having a space to discuss things openly with teachers from different schools and hear how they do things and what their successes and struggles are, is greatly beneficial. The practical nature of the course makes everything applicable and has definitely improved me as a teacher. Thank you again for all your help and support! 

Jonathan Kelly, Hillpark School

I have learnt a lot and had so much support from other teachers in the same boat as me. Jo is helpful and kind.

Casey Chamberlain, Glenavon School

I have learnt so much from each session that I have been to! Jo has been so encouraging and open to supporting us through our first year as BT’s.

Riya Vaidya, Mangere Central School

I enjoyed attending this Manukau course with Jo Williams. It was convenient and close to home/school. I liked the small cohort we had because we were able to network and build positive relationships. The course content was helpful and supported me as a first year BT. Louise Dempsey’s writing was an inspiring session to make writing fun, especially with reluctant writers; I liked learning about buddy editing. Madeleine Collins’ session was fun showing easy ways to implement science in the classroom, practical ways to create a sense of wonder, amazement and awe in the class.

Lilly Fifita, Papatoetoe West School

Thank you for all the support and the sessions. They have helped me with how to do engaging activities and what to be aware of with policies and procedures. I found this a supportive environment where we can share our experiences with those who are on the same journey. Thanks for helping me be confident in my teaching.

Georgina Mataroa, Mangere Central School

Awesome course!  Huge variety of sessions and facilitators. Jo is friendly, supportive and fun. She makes the whole process of being a new teacher less daunting through reminding you that most of these things and feelings happen to us all. I left each and every session excited and re-invigorated to get back in to the classroom to implement what I’d learnt. Every facilitator was passionate, knowledgeable and provided worthwhile activities and PLD.

Brittany Reekie, Hillpark School

I really enjoyed the first year course. It was extremely helpful with resources and ideas. Jo is extremely approachable and it was nice working alongside other PCT’s who are from different schools but teach similar year groups. I would highly recommend this course to anyone.

Danielle Thomson, Hillpark School

Louise Dempsey was awesome. Her writing session was relevant and very useful. Michele Coxhead’s Te Reo Maori session was very helpful and she shared great resources and websites with us to use in the classroom. Jo Williams has been supportive and helpful and her reading session was very useful. I also loved the circle time activities that we all practiced with Jo.

Ivy-Rose Page-Pearce, Reremoana Primary School


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to enrol in the full programme?

Yes, single sessions are not offered.

Teachers may however enrol at any point during the year, mid year enrolments are accepted.  
These are full one year programmes for teachers to meet regularly, to network and integrate within a trusted and collaborative learning environment. This is important to maintain ongoing mentoring and support by the Lead Facilitator.

Who should apply to attend the programmes?

We are offering these programmes to primary / intermediate school teachers who are either –

• First Year PCTs who teach 0-3 year students
• First Year PCTs who teach 4-8 year students
• Second Year PCTs who teach 0-3 year students
• Second Year PCTs who teach 4-8 year students

What is the cost of these programmes?

Cost: $910.00 (GST inclusive) for First Year PCT Programmes
Cost: $810.00 (GST inclusive) for Second Year PCT Programmes

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MIT Pasifika Community Centre

MIT Pasifika Community Centre

Course Location

Each session will be held at:

MIT Pasifika Community Centre
Otara North Campus
53 Otara Road, Otara, Auckland, 2023
Parking is available at Gate 12

Faith, Receptionist at MITPCC


Contact & Enrol

If you are interested in a programme, are wanting to enrol, or have more questions please call Alison Miller 027 544 2924 or Jo Williams 021 178 1672, or use this form to contact us.