During the 26 years that Raenette has been teaching, she has developed a keen interest in helping children with complex learning difficulties. The interest has developed partly because of her ongoing student success stories, including a young girl who entered her class mute and later ended up taking part in a speech competition, and partly because of the growing number of New Zealand children who have learning needs.

This year, Raenette graduated with a masters degree in education in which she investigated the impact that the Holyoake Institute’s DRUMBEAT (a hand-drumming programme that promotes social interaction skills) has on children that exhibit challenging behaviour as a result of complex learning needs. Raenette is deeply passionate about the Australian-based programme and would like to play a role in promoting it in schools around New Zealand. In addition to DRUMBEAT, she also has a unique teaching style of learning in 15-minute chunks to allow students to taste success. It’s just one of her many teaching strategies worth sharing.  

 

 

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Why Raenette loves teaching

Find out what inspires Raenette, and the key findings of her Masters research.

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#My Teacher Moment

Raenette has had many special teaching moments, but there is one in particular she will never forget.

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Visit Elm Park School

Find more information about where Raenette’s passion comes from.