Sarah Probine – Chairperson
Kia ora, I am a lecturer for the Bachelor of teaching, early childhood degree at Manukau Institute of Technology. I have a Masters in Art and Design and a Masters of Professional studies, Education. I have worked as an atelierista in a Reggio inspired early childhood centre. I am currently working on my doctoral research project at the University of Auckland. My research interest is in the role the visual arts play in young children’s learning and research efforts and the contextual factors that impact this. I had the opportunity to visit Reggio Emilia in 2009 and to attend the Summer North American Reggio Emilia Alliance conference in 2011. I have been a member of RE Provocations since 2012.
Chris Cole – Treasurer
Chris has been involved in early childhood for the last 8 years as Managing Director of ECE Management. He is involved with 2 early childhood Governance Committees where his expertise in business is appreciated. Chris is presently on the Reggio Children International Network Finance and Membership Sub-Committee. Chris is looking forward to supporting RE Provocations with their future endeavors, especially bringing the exhibition to New Zealand.
Diane Toal – Committee Member
I have had a strong interest in the Reggio Emilia approach to teaching and learning for many years and have been a committee member of RE Provocations for the last 7 year. I have enjoyed being part of providing wonderful professional development opportunities for early childhood and primary teachers who have been inspired by the Reggio philosophy.
I am very privileged to have been the Tour Leader for the International Study Tours to Reggio Emilia for the last 2 years. These opportunities have given me a deeper understanding of the philosophy and have met some wonderful people with the same vision and passion for early childhood teaching.
I am the Operations Director for ECE Management and our role is to manage early childhood centres for both private and not-for-profit organisations.
I believe children should be given the very best opportunities we can provide to support their learning. Children deserve respect from caring understanding adults. Becoming a Grandmother has allowed me to view children through different eyes and recognize the importance that family and community has in moulding the child’s future.
My image of the child as rich in potential, bringing funds of knowledge, powerful and competent, connected to their whanau and community, sets my role as their collaborator, partner, nurturer and guide. Through sensitive observation of their interests I try to provoke deeper thinking by presenting an aesthetically pleasing, natural environment that extends their interest and stimulates further more complex participation repertoires. I encourage children to learn about their world and how it works through exploration and interaction with the people, places and things that are meaningful to them.
I strongly believe that the social culture of the child’s early years sets their moral compass for life. We are all responsible for the consequences of our choices, good or bad. Through empowering young children to communicate, critique, negotiate and problem solve as they work together in small groups I hope to help them internalise the skills they will need to navigate a future where fairness, innovation, and creative thinking will be invaluable.
Rachel Hughes – Secretary
Kia ora koutou, I’m Rachel Hughes one of the committee members for RE Provocations. I’ve been involved in ECE in Aotearoa for more than 25 years. It has been an exciting adventure, I’ve witnessed lots of change, and one thing that remains constant in my practice is advocacy for the right of unconditional love for all children, respect, equity and social justice. These concepts are democratic issues that have correlations with the Reggio Approach with which I feel a strong connection. I am passionate about continuing to seek answers around children’s sense of wonder, meaning making and working theories. Through the RE Provocations committee I hope to share pedagogical and philosophical learnings from Reggio Emilia to build and enhance our own educational contexts and learning opportunities for all children in Aotearoa.
Cami Margasoiu – Committee Member
My belief: ‘It is good to rub, and polish our brain against that of others.’ Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
Bachelor of Arts in English and French Language and Literature
Diploma of Teaching in Early Childhood Education
Maxine Vine – Committee Member
Kia Ora my name is Maxine. I have a bachelor’s degree in Education from The University of Auckland. .I have been working in Early childhood education for a number of years with all different ages, However I know my passion lies with children under five.
As a creative person I am inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to learning. I believe children learn through exploration and within an arts based curriculum they are provided with the time and resources to explore their thoughts and ideas.