Shanandore is a specialist teacher at Papakura Intermediate School. She and her students are creating the first astronomically aligned school playground in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Anei ngā whakautu nā Shanandore i tuhi i te reo Māori. Tirohia ki raro mō ngā whakautu ki roto i te reo Pākehā. Here are Shanandore's answers in te reo Māori. See below for English translations.
He aha tō mahi ia rā, ia rā?
E whakaako ana au te hangarau kai, hangarau koiora, te STEM (pūtaiao, hangarau, pūkaha, pāngarau) me te mātauranga Māori. E whakarite ana au hoki o mātou ākonga mō te EPro8, Mathex kei roto i te STEM Club.
Ko tētahi atu kaupapa e tata mutu ko te hanga papa takaro o te tātai arorangi (mō tō tātou kura), ko tēnei tūmomo papa takaro he mea tuatahi mō Aotearoa.
I ako koe i te aha i te kura? I aha koe whai muri i te kura tuarua?
I kuraina au ki Te Kura Tuatahi o Redhill, ki Te Kura Takawaenga o Papakura ki Te Kura Tuarua o Papakura hoki. Nō reira, i tipu ake au ki konei ki roto i te hapori o Papakura. I aua wā ko ngā mea pai ki ahau ko te whana poikiri, hōkī, whutupaoro, rīki, tira waiata me te pūtaiao.
Heoi, i aua wā e kore au te kotiro e kaha ana kia oti ngā mahi ā kura. E kaha ana au ki te ako ā ringa, ā tinana kē. Heoi, e kore au te kura i oti. I whānau mai pēpi au i tāku taiohitanga, i te kura tonu au. Koina tāku wehenga i te kura (tau tuarua o te taurima).
I tōku pakeketanga kātahi i whai au i tētahi akoranga ko te ‘Wellesley Program’ kei Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki-makau-rau. Nā tēnei i whai atu i tētahi atu akoranga ko te tītohu o te ‘Marine Studies’ i reira au e ngākaunui ana tō tātou moana, ō tātou whānau marama (ngā akoranga o te taiao). I whai mahi hoki au hei kaiako e āwhina atu ētahi atu kia ako ai.
He ōrite tāu mahi i taua wā ki tāu mahi o ināianei?
He āhua ōrite āku mahi i aua wā ki āku mahi o nāianei. I te mea kei te arohanui tonu au i ngā kaupapa o te moana, o te taiao, o te tātai arorangi. I roto i āku mahi kaiako hangarau ka taea te whatu aua kaupapa e ngākaunui ana, pērā ki āku mahi mō te STEM.
I āwhinatia ngā ākonga o tō tātou kura kia hanga papa takaro o te tātai arorangi. E tīaroaro tō mātou papa takaro ki te putanga mai a Tama-nui-i-te-rā i te wā e noho ia ki te taha a Hine-takurua ki a Hine-raumati hoki.
He aha āu kupu hei āwhina i ngā rangatahi wahine e whakaaro ana ki tā rātou mahi mō te wā kei mua i te aroaro?
Whaia te mea e ngākaunui ana koe. Toro atu tōu ringa, rapua. Ka taea te oti ngā mea e hiahia ana koe nā tōu ake pukumahi. Nō reira, kei a koe te mana, te rangatiratanga.
He aha ngā painga o te umanga e whāia ana e koe?
Ko tētahi o ngā painga (o te umanga e whāia ana e au) ko tāku āwhina atu ō mātou ākonga ki te hanga papa takaro o te tātai arorangi (mō tō mātou kura). He rangatira ō tātou iwi Māori me ō tātou tipuna i roto i ngā mahi pūtaiao, hangarau, pūkaha, me te pāngarau. Koia nei te taonga e heke ki o tātou rangatahi.
Ko tētahi atu painga ko te whakarite ako hanumi kia ako mana motuhake ngā ākonga. Ko te painga mutunga ko ngā whakawhanake ā kaiako pērā ki ngā hui o te uLearn me te NZAims.
He aha a STEM (pūtaiao, hangarau, pūkaha, pāngarau) e whai take ana ki Aotearoa?
He pai te STEM me tōna tukanga mō tātou te iwi Māori i te mea koia nei ngā kaupapa e rangatira ai tātou me o tātou tipuna.
Ko te nuinga o ngā iwi he iwi o te moana, o te ngahere, o ngā awa, o te tātai arorangi, o te whakatere waka, o te hanga whare, o te hanga pah (o te pakanga hoki). Nō reira, he mahi pūtaiao, hangarau, pūkaha, pāngarau ēnei.
E kaha ana ō tātou tamariki kia whakaaro tutū kia raweke a ringa, ki te mahi a ringa. Nō reira, mā te STEM ka taea te whai hua o te ao turoa nā te tukanga whakaoti rapanga.
He aha te take me whai wāhi ngā wāhine ki STEM?
He mea nui kia whānui te titiro kia whānui ngā tirohanga kia kite ai mai ngā taha maha, mai ngā taha rerekē. He pai te tirohanga rerekē. He rerekē te tirohanga wahine ki te tirohanga tane.
He rerekē te tirohanga Māori ki te tirohanga o tētahi atu. Nō reira, me kawe mai ngā tirohanga o tēnā o tēnā kia whai whakautu mō ngā rapanga o ēnei rā.
He kaiako hangarau a Shanandore ki roto i te tīma hangarau o Te Kura Takawaenga o Papakura ki te tonga o Tāmaki-makau-rau. He uri whakaeke au o Ngāiterangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Awa, Kōtimana, Tatimana, Whītī-Īnia, Wīwī and Niu Karetōnia. Ēnei rā he pai te whakaeke motopaika me te takaro i te Pokemon ki ia. Anei rā tāna hononga ō āna PLD kaiako.
What do you do on an average work day?
I teach food technology, biotechnology, STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) and mātauranga Māori. I love these areas of teaching. I also prepare our students for events like EPro8 and Mathex through our school's after school program which we call STEM Club.
One other project that I am involved in, which is coming to fulfilment, is the designing and building of our school’s Astronomically Aligned Playground - the first school-based astronomically aligned playground in the country!
What did you study at school? And after high school?
I went to school at Redhill Primary, Papakura Intermediate and Papakura High School. This is where I grew up, in the Papakura community. In those times the things that appealed to me were soccer, hockey, rugby, league, choir and science.
However, at that time I was not the type of student who did well at school. I learned best through practical means but I did not finish school. I had a baby while I was young and still in school so I did not finish school and this is where I left (second year 5th form).
It was later as a young adult I did a course at Auckland University called the ‘Wellesley Programme’, which led me to do a Diploma in Marine Studies. This is where I fell in love with our sea and our stars learning through environmental studies. I also later picked up roles in teaching and helping others to learn.
Was your study directly related to what you do now?
My work today is still kind of related to my original studies. This is because I still have a love for the sea, the environment and astronomy. In my work as a technology teacher I have the ability to incorporate these areas, which I love, into my teaching - for example STEM.
I have supported and taught students at our school to design a playground that is astronomically aligned. The playground is aligned to the rising of the sun in the winter solstice and summer solstice with kaupapa Māori aspects.
What would you like to share with young women who are thinking about their career choices right now?
Seek the things that bring your heart joy. Reach out your hands - and grasp. Anything you desire can be achieved through your own hard work so the power and determination resides within you.
What are some of your career highlights so far?
One of my highlights has been assisting our students in designing and building our school’s astronomically aligned playground. Māori and our ancestors have always had prowess in science, technology, engineering and maths. This is the treasure that is bestowed upon our young ones.
Another highlight has been the creation of a blended learning program that allows for higher student agency. The last highlight is our professional learning development opportunities at conferences such as uLearn and NZAims.
Why do you believe engaging in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) is important to New Zealand?
STEM and the STEM process is good for Māori as this is what we and our ancestors were good at.
Most of the iwi (tribes) are of the sea, the bush, the rivers, the stars, the navigating waka (sea voyagers), building houses, building pah sites (including for warfare). These are matters of science, technology, engineering and math.
Also, our children show prowess in disruptive thinking with tutū and practical hands so STEM allows them to engage with real life problems by following the process.
Why is it important to have more women working in STEM?
It is important to look far beyond in order to have a broad perspective so we can see from others’ world views, which can be different. Having diverse points of view can be good, especially as a woman’s perspective is different from that of a man.
The perspective from a Māori point of view is also unique from others by bringing in those different opinions of both women and Māōri to find solutions to today’s problems.
Shanandore is a specialist teacher and tech team member at Papakura Intermediate in South Auckland. She is of Ngāiterangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Awa, Kōtimana/Scottish, Tatimana/Dutch, Whītī-Īnia/Fijian-Indian, Wīwī/French and Niu Karetōnia/Kanak decent. These days she enjoys learning how to ride a motorbike and playing Pokemon Go. Visit her teacher pld website.
This profile is part of our series of girls and women in STEM.
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