I am currently Deputy Principal at Otumoetai College, where I have been for the last six years. Prior to this I was employed by the University of Auckland as the National Coordinator for the Ministry of Education Professional Learning contract on “Whole School Wellbeing - Mental Health Education, a contact I was involved in for seven years. My teaching background is in Secondary Health and Physical Education and have taught it a variety of schools from a private girls school in the Hawkes Bay to a large co-ed school in Auckland. I am a strong advocate for promoting mental health in schools and committed to building strong resilient learning communities. We need to place a great deal more importance in the role of prevention in our education system, putting peoples wellbeing and resilience first - appreciating the strengths that exist and collectively creating learning places where everyone flourishes. Honestly I do struggle with our current education model - the fall out from 'Tomorrows Schools' so am energised by possibility and the potential for innovation and boundary pushing.