Miss Tracy Spiers became the first woman principal of Araura College at the start of Term One, 2014.
Educated at Linwood High School in Christchurch and Western Heights High School in Rotorua, New Zealand, Miss Spiers went on to obtain a Degree in Parks and Recreation Management from Lincoln University. She later undertook post graduate studies in Teaching and Learning and gained her Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary) from the Christchurch Teachers’ College.
After commencing primary school teaching in 2001, Miss Spiers was appointed the Head of the ICT department at Tereora College, Rarotonga in 2010. In 2012 she was appointed Head of the Technology Faculty and a member of the Senior Management Team.
During her years in the primary level, among other things, Miss Spiers played an active role in implementing both Enviroschools and Health Promoting schools as well as leading the senior syndicate team. During her time at Tereora College, Miss Spiers was responsible for the college’s computer network and also planning and providing staff professional development.
She and her partner Simon have two girls, the eldest is in year 8 at the college.
Miss Spiers’s beliefs about leadership coupled with beliefs about the key to success in teaching and learning – ispromoted by:
- Commitment to a vision that has high expectations for all learners and education that has an holistic focus;
- Focus on learning that includes aligning curriculum and assessment with high standards, following appropriate instructional strategies, and accepting accountability that learning will occur;
- Building and sustaining quality relationships within and among stakeholders
All of which, she believes, will result in the creation of a “powerful collaborative learning community.”
As someone who has high expectations and is driven to succeed, she follows in the line of highly regarded principals who have led Araura College before her.