Director of Education Support Services
With a teaching philosophy founded on social equity, Davina has spent over 25 years committed to enhancing intrinsic motivation, engagement and achievement through authentic learning contexts in classroom teaching, science and sustainability education.
As a teacher, project manager, advisor, facilitator, director of her own consultancy and executive member of the NZAEE for many years she has worked in and collaborated with schools, kura, NGOs, iwi & government agencies; developed Mātauranga Whakauka Taiao (the cross-government National Strategy in Environmental Education for Sustainability); University of Otago Science Wānanga; Orokonui Ecosanctuary education service; Enviroschools in Otago; LEOTC at Dunedin Botanic Gardens, interactive science at Otago Museum and delivered many other education initiatives for adults, tertiary, secondary & primary students and teachers in and outside the classroom.
Davina holds postgraduate degrees in Education, Wildlife Management, and a Master of Teaching and Learning from the University of Otago. Last year she enjoyed a Royal Society Te Apārangi placement with He Kaupapa Hononga: Otago’s Climate Change Research Network and is on the education working group of Whaiao Education for Sustainability (UN Recognised Regional Centre of Expertise).