Showcase: Tara Taylor-Jorgsensen

Welcome back to Term 2, and our continued showcasing of awesome local educators. This week: Tara TJ – Assistant Principal of Pukerua Bay School, 2010 CORE Education eFellow, and connected educator extraordinaire. 


1. What brought you to #WellyED?

I got into the whole connected educator buzz by landing an eFellowship in 2010. In 2011 I had the absolute pleasure of being a part of the emerging leaders symposium run by educational guru Mark Osborne at Albany Senior High School. When I came down to Wellington to work at the wonderful Amesbury School I was keen to keep this connectedness going and ran a few of Wellington based edu-ignite evenings. Recently I’ve had a bit of retreat from all of the awesomeness but am slowly emerging from the senior management cocoon – hopefully I come out as a butterfly and not a moth!

2. What’s something exciting that’s happening in your sector or in your classroom?

We are a small traditional school going through an enormous amount of change and this is both exciting and scary for many of our students, staff, and families. We are striving toward a more holistic approach to curriculum, where we are valuing growth over compliance. This presents very exciting prospects in terms of staff appraisal, student assessment, and teaching as inquiry.

3. Who or what inspires you?

  • Sugata Mitra – Minimally Invasive Education
  • Ewan McIntosh – Design Thinking
  • Sir Ken Robinson – For promoting personalisation over standards
  • Matt, Luke, Andrew and Jo

4. What’s your next professional learning goal?

Walking DP or Small School Principal

5. When I’m not teaching I’m…

…thinking about teaching.

Connect with Tara on Twitter @taratj, on Google Plus +taratj, or through her blog

We’re putting the call out for more local educators to come forward and be highlighted on our blog. Get in touch via Twitter @Welly_ED or email

Looking forward to seeing you at the Fork and Brewer on Friday, and at EduIgnite at The Mind Lab, Petone on 26 May.

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