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John Taylor: Master of Arts, Diploma of Teaching (Distinction), TESOL Certificate
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I have a background of 20 years teaching, administering and mentoring in the secondary education sector. From 1998 until 2012 I worked as a teacher educator at the University Otago College of Education, mainly in the secondary teacher education programme. I taught extensively in the areas of English and literacy and professional studies and held leadership roles within the programme. My role at the College of Education included regular lesson observations and analysis, extensive work in the area of classroom management and ongoing pastoral care and mentoring of beginning teachers. I have also taught and supported Malaysian students both here and in Malaysia and have moderated both their academic and teaching practice progress.
Alongside my considerable and varied teaching experience at secondary and tertiary level, I have worked as a school support advisor in Otago and Southland in New Zealand, in the areas of literacy and English. I have also worked as an educational consultant to the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade as part of a team delivering a range of professional support to the Pacific nation of Niue.
I have worked in a Teacher Training Institute in Sarawak Malaysia as a Training Fellow. Here I worked alongside local English lecturers to enhance their practice and as a mentor to less experienced teacher educators.
I am currently working as the Portfolio Manager of Arts and Media at Aoraki Polytechnic, based in Timaru. In addition I am working as a reviewer, mentor and facilitator in some secondary schools in the South Canterbury region.
My goal in establishing Taylor Graham is to be able to continue contribute to education either in New Zealand or overseas in whatever capacity is appropriate. I believe I have the depth and breadth of experience, and the range of professional and personal skills, to do this.