College Administrator/kaiwhakahaere for Foundation Learning and Health Bridging
Head of Department
I am a proud staff member of Otago Polytechnic and have been here for 18 years. In that time I have had multiple roles. My current role of Executive Director is exciting and I hope to get the opportunity to work with all staff across the institution to continue with our excellent outcomes for learners.
My initial qualification is in counselling and I have worked in this space for over twenty five years.
I mainly grew up in Dunedin and gained my tertiary education through Otago University (three quals) and Otago Polytechnic (two quals). My two boys have left home and one is doing his Masters at Victoria University and the other just finished his Bachelor of Social Services here. My wife works at Otago University and we both have a strong view of education being an opportunity to create change.
Ms Christine Beker
Glenys works as a facilitator of learning, an academic mentor, and assessor at Capable NZ. Glenys supports learners to articulate their skills, knowledge and attitudes gained from their work-based learning experiences, as well as undertaking new learning to gain a degree qualification through Capable NZ's independent learning pathways. She brings a diverse employment background to her career practice, with significant experience in teaching at secondary school, polytechnic and university level, as well as roles in senior management. Glenys also works in the field of elite sports, supporting athletes to think about "life during and after sport". She also teaches in the School of Social Services in the Career Practice stream. Her doctoral research is in adult learning and independent learning pathways and professional practice qualifications. However she continues to undertake research around transformational learning and facilitator effectiveness.
Field(s) of Expertise
Education, Management and Leadership, Elite Sports Performance, Career Development, Independent Learning, Experiential Learning, Work-Based Learning, Adult Learning
Doctorate in Prof Studies (Adult Learning) – Middlesex University, completion 2017, Master of Career Development – Edith Cowan University, Australia, Bachelor Applied Management (Strategic Management) – Otago Polytechnic, Graduate Diploma in Career Development, Graduate Certificate in Teacher Education – both AUT, Graduate Certificate in Elite Performance – Victoria University Australia, Dip Tchg, Diploma in Commerce – Christchurch College of Education.
Rue-Jade Morgan (Jade) heralds from a coastal village called Te Rāpaki ō Te Raki Whakaputa (Rāpaki Marae) in Ōtautahi - Christchurch. Jade has an extensive background of delivering Physical Activity and Health & Wellbeing programmes to the community. Currently Jade is working as a Senior lecturer with Foundation Studies and has also created a cultural engagement programme for Ara Poutama Aotearoa - Department of Corrections New Zealand, which received national recognition with the Māui-tikitiki-ā-Taranga Award in the Arts Access in Corrections Category. Jade also helps across the polytech assisting both staff and students to learn more about Māori culture and associated cultural activities.
Principal Lecturer Katrina.LeCong@op.ac.nz
Michael joined the English Language Programme in 2015 and has since worked on three Summer Schools and several short courses as well as Level 2, 3 and 4. He has taught English for many years: at Nelson Polytechnic, in Christchurch, Switzerland and China . Before becoming a tutor he worked for the Department of Conservation and has also worked as a Guide on the Routeburn Track. He really enjoys getting to know students from different countries and trying to communicate the beauty and craziness of the English language. His hobbies include travel, tramping, cycling, kayaking and reading.
Team Leader Michelle.Ashbury@op.ac.nz
Principal Lecturer Rachel.Dibble@op.ac.nz
Senior Lecturer Rea.Stout@op.ac.nz
Senior Lecturer Shannon.Booth@op.ac.nz
Trixie van der Poel
Patricia (known as Trixie) lectures in Foundation Learning in the Department of Architecture, Building and Engineering.
Trixie is a primary trained teacher with a Diploma in Teaching and a Bachelor of Education. Her interest is in developing student based learning experiences that meet the needs of her students. Trixie has also undertaken considerable training in working with students who are experiencing difficulties with reading and spelling.
Programme Managers / Coordinators / Professors
Implementation Lead (Te Pukenga)
I am a teacher of English language, here at the English Language Centre. I am also, at the moment, Team Leader of the ELC, which means that I am in my office more than I am in the classroom. I have been a teacher for about 13 years. It is a skill and an occupation that runs in the family; many generations of my family have been teachers, at primary, secondary and tertiary level.
I have worked here at Otago Polytechnic for about 10 years. I really enjoy working with migrants, International students and all students in general. I regard education as an opportunity for transformation, a process that can lead to positive changes in a person's living and working circumstances. I see teaching as a science and an art-form, and a social service.
When I'm not teaching, I am spending time with family, keeping fit, reading and writing, or growing vegetables. I have two brothers, two children, and a lot of garlic. I have travelled widely, in Asia, Europe and North America. I have learnt a lot about different countries, people and myself while travelling and teaching, and I understand what it is like to 'find your way' in another country, culture and language.
That's enough of me. Welcome to the English Language Centre, where we do all we can to help you to 'find your way.'
College Operations Coordinator
Emma is avaliable Monday - Friday
College Operations Coordinator
Currently onsite Mondays and remotely working Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Head, Foundation Learning
Harriet Walsh is Director of Foundation Learning and Pathways, Principal Lecturer and OSTC- Otago Secondary Tertiary College (Dunedin and Central Otago). Previous to taking on the Director role, taught within the Level 2 and 3 courses teaching Personal Development, Careers as well as co-coordinating work based learning which focused on getting young people work ready and back into employment. Harriet has a primary teaching background with a Bachelor of Education, and has completed post graduate study in Education. She is currently doing her Masters in Professional Practice. Harriet has taught many years in Outdoor Pursuits, specifically White Water Kayaking, Rock Climbing and Tramping, which she still enjoys doing in her own time. Harriet has a two daughters, Hollie and Sophie.
Head of College
Judy has extensive experience working in the area of bridging education, to facilitate student pathways from entry level in order to meet the academic criteria of their next academic step.
These student journeys include meeting the academic entry for Otago Polytechnic Health degrees, and gaining qualifications in order to pursue careers in the Beauty Therapy and Hairdressing industries, and in Early Childhood.
Judy's qualifications include a BSc, DipTchg (Tert), NZCS, and Cert TESOL.
Margaret is the Graduate Diploma in Social Services Leader teaching the generic papers in the programme , and also teaches in Year 3 of the Bachelor of Social Services programme. She also supports and mentors research and research project development and research capacity in the School of Social Services. She is a qualified and registered Social Worker with more than 30 years of experience as a social work academic in New Zealand. She has an extensive background as a social worker in specialist child and family mental health services and has been involved in many aspects of the development of the social work profession in New Zealand, including roles in the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Work.
Team Leader Matthew.Lambeth@op.ac.nz
Head, Human and Community Services email@example.com