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Cathy Wilson

Cathy commenced working for Montessori Aotearoa New Zealand (MANZ) as the Chief Executive officer in 2015 having been on the MANZ Council from 2011 to 2015 and the treasurer since 2013. She is from a teaching background, having worked at Upper Valley Montessori and Mana Montessori before joining Wā Ora Montessori School in Lower Hutt in 1998, where she was the deputy principal. Cathy is both State and Associated Montessori Internationale (AMI) teacher trained from 0-18 years. She has worked as a tutor for Aperfield Montessori, delivered numerous workshops for the Early Childhood Council, Victoria University and MANZ and presented at Early Childhood Council and MANZ conferences. Cathy represents MANZ on many Ministry of Education, Teaching Council, Education Review Office and NZQA governance and advisory groups as well as two global boards.

Saturday, 11 March

1:30pm – 2:30pm

concurrent workshops - select one

How do we create an environment where rich oral language is a part of the culture and support the development of concentration in our class environments ensuring that best practice prevails? The Montessori approach is of course the answer! Come along to this workshop and learn easy practical games you can play and skills you can use while having fun with children of all early childhood ages. We’ll be learning about ways to teach compassion, instil a sense of community and develop language skills. This workshop is for anyone wanting to learn how to support focus and concentration leading to the ‘normalisation’ of children in their class while developing skills for life.

Sunday, 12 March

2:30pm – 3:30pm

concurrent workshops - select one

The Assessment and Rating process inspires stress and fear in educators almost universally, even those who are confident in their practices. Having an external person viewing and marking performance is always confronting. This panel session is an opportunity to ask questions around the process, the best preparation and the outcomes of an A&R process.

Anthony Semann, Dr Red Ruby Scarlet, Lucette van Someren Boyd and Cathy Wilson