Debbie Shaw

I began my connection with teaching children as a teacher aide at Titirangi Primary School 

and Glen Eden Intermediate. It was wonderful working with the children and seeing them 

blossom, make progress and really enjoy their learning. So much so, that I decided to train to 

become a teacher.

I have gained my Diploma of Teaching, Higher Diploma of Teaching, Diploma in the 

Education of Children with Special Teaching Needs, Bachelor of Education Degree and Post 

Graduate Diploma of Teacher (Resource Teacher:Learning and Behaviour). Teaching enables

 me to work from the basis of my own personal and professional whakatauki “Me mahi tātou 

kia kaha te iwi” “Together we work to strengthen all others” and my time in education so far, 

has offered me a number of opportunities to work with many schools, teachers, children and 

their families. Education is a passion of mine – for the development of children’s belief in 

themselves as learners (now and in the future), and for my own lifelong learning.

I live at home with my partner David and we have 2 dogs (Milo and Toru), 3 cats (Daisy, Angel

 and Sooti) and a Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (Glenn). I also have 3 grown up children Chantelle, Gemma and

 Sjarān and a beautiful grandson, James who is 6 years old. My iwi is Ngāti Porou and we are from Te 

Araroa, a very small town, right by the beach, several hours drive from Gisborne. My mother was brought up 

there (she was 1 of 16 children) and went to the local school (which she rode to on horseback every day – 

there was a paddock next to the school where children left their horses while they were in class). She now 

lives with my father and other members of my whānau on Great Barrier Island.

No reira, I am happy to be at Matipo School and proud to be part of a community that values children’s