- Blog about an educator or mentor that has inspired you and maybe helped shape who you are now. What impact did they have on your life?
Professor Angus Hikairo Macfarlane
I first met Angus when I was Principal at a little rural school, called Galatea, near the Urewera Mountains. Angus, niece Nancy was Deputy Principal and that is how we made the connection,
Angus took professional learning for the team; his message stuck and we had a different mindset about behaviour.
Later on as Principal of Taupo Primary School I asked Angus to work with us again. We spent the day at the Marae learning how to improve our manner and attitude when working with our students . Ka Hiwa Ra, the book Angus wrote had a profound effect on me, and to this day I still have in my head when thinking about managing students. 1. Get them in. 2. Get them on with it. 3. Get on with them
4. Get them out.