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Gayle Te Kani

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Gayle Te Kani
Gayle Te Kani
Certification : DipTchg (Primary), BEd (Adult Education), PGDip Professional Practice
Staff Code : #
Phone : 07 562 2955
Email : g.tekani@bti.ac.nz

Biography

He uri a Gayle o ētahi iwi Māori o Aotearoa: Ko Te Arawa, Ko Ngati Raukawa ki Waikato, Ko Ngati Ranginui me Ngapuhi.

He uri ano a Gayle o ngā whenua o tāwāhi. Ko Scotland, Ireland, Wales me England.

Gayle has been part of the BTI team for 7 years, starting out as a teacher educator in the Graduate Diploma Secondary programme and the BEd (Teaching) Primary and ECE programmes. In recent years Gayle has successfully held the role of Programme Leader for the Graduate Diploma Secondary which she led with unifying passion. Her current role at BTI is the Head of School of Teacher Education.

She came to BTI with 40 years of rich experience in education including a wide range of teaching and learning mediums throughout Aotearoa. These include all levels of classroom teaching, itinerant teaching, LEOTC education and tertiary education. She has successfully held leadership roles within each of these contexts.

Gayle has a particular interest in bi-cultural education and supporting Māori learners within mainstream education. She is passionate about preparing student teachers to be equipped to teach all students in mainstream education contexts within Aotearoa in a culturally relational and responsive way. Her contribution as a member of the BTI Māori Caucus and the BTI leadership team further supports this endeavour as she contributes in shaping and strengthening tikanga Māori and cultural initiatives within the institute and its programmes. Gayle is committed to helping her students to become responsible and respectful treaty partners within the societies of Aotearoa, ensuring mana ōrite, equitable learning opportunities and justice are integral in their teaching practice.

Gayle continues to explore through research and reflective practice, how understanding self is the first step to being able to understand and therefore teach others. Her research methodology involves using the process of storytelling through an arts-based activity titled “Ko Wai Ahau”, which she has developed using Māori symbols encouraging a deeper level of reflection and identity exploration. This process of reflection engages participants in higher order thinking skills and engages the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and creative dimensions of self. Gayle’s research and study supports her role as a Teacher Educator and Professional Learning facilitator for the Ministry of Education. She has contributed this research across all the schools of BTI, as well as within the secular arena within the field of Social Work and to the NZACS teacher conferences.

As an accredited facilitator, Gayle is currently working in conjunction with MOE PLD services to support Kahui Ako ō Ihu Karaiti, as an advisor and PLD facilitator in the Cultural Relationships for Responsive Pedagogy and Te Tiriti based partnership space.

Gayle’s passion for growing educational leaders is imbedded in her vision and explicit in her approach to leadership. Her vision is to see the potential and the aspirations of the BTI educators actualised as they are released to work creatively and with autonomy in their strengths and skill sets toward the pursuit of their professional and personal goals. As the Head of School, Gayle actively engages in supporting students to flourish in themselves, within their whānau, hapū, iwi and communities.

Meet our Staff

At BTI, you will learn from staff who are experienced teachers and educators, researchers, practitioners, health workers and graduates themselves. Many have worked in private practice, for public institutions and for universities in Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas 

Gayle Te Kani
Gayle Te Kani
Certification : DipTchg (Primary), BEd (Adult Education), PGDip Professional Practice
Staff Code :
Phone : 07 562 2955
Email : g.tekani@bti.ac.nz

Biography

He uri a Gayle o ētahi iwi Māori o Aotearoa: Ko Te Arawa, Ko Ngati Raukawa ki Waikato, Ko Ngati Ranginui me Ngapuhi.

He uri ano a Gayle o ngā whenua o tāwāhi. Ko Scotland, Ireland, Wales me England.

Gayle has been part of the BTI team for 7 years, starting out as a teacher educator in the Graduate Diploma Secondary programme and the BEd (Teaching) Primary and ECE programmes. In recent years Gayle has successfully held the role of Programme Leader for the Graduate Diploma Secondary which she led with unifying passion. Her current role at BTI is the Head of School of Teacher Education.

She came to BTI with 40 years of rich experience in education including a wide range of teaching and learning mediums throughout Aotearoa. These include all levels of classroom teaching, itinerant teaching, LEOTC education and tertiary education. She has successfully held leadership roles within each of these contexts.

Gayle has a particular interest in bi-cultural education and supporting Māori learners within mainstream education. She is passionate about preparing student teachers to be equipped to teach all students in mainstream education contexts within Aotearoa in a culturally relational and responsive way. Her contribution as a member of the BTI Māori Caucus and the BTI leadership team further supports this endeavour as she contributes in shaping and strengthening tikanga Māori and cultural initiatives within the institute and its programmes. Gayle is committed to helping her students to become responsible and respectful treaty partners within the societies of Aotearoa, ensuring mana ōrite, equitable learning opportunities and justice are integral in their teaching practice.

Gayle continues to explore through research and reflective practice, how understanding self is the first step to being able to understand and therefore teach others. Her research methodology involves using the process of storytelling through an arts-based activity titled “Ko Wai Ahau”, which she has developed using Māori symbols encouraging a deeper level of reflection and identity exploration. This process of reflection engages participants in higher order thinking skills and engages the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and creative dimensions of self. Gayle’s research and study supports her role as a Teacher Educator and Professional Learning facilitator for the Ministry of Education. She has contributed this research across all the schools of BTI, as well as within the secular arena within the field of Social Work and to the NZACS teacher conferences.

As an accredited facilitator, Gayle is currently working in conjunction with MOE PLD services to support Kahui Ako ō Ihu Karaiti, as an advisor and PLD facilitator in the Cultural Relationships for Responsive Pedagogy and Te Tiriti based partnership space.

Gayle’s passion for growing educational leaders is imbedded in her vision and explicit in her approach to leadership. Her vision is to see the potential and the aspirations of the BTI educators actualised as they are released to work creatively and with autonomy in their strengths and skill sets toward the pursuit of their professional and personal goals. As the Head of School, Gayle actively engages in supporting students to flourish in themselves, within their whānau, hapū, iwi and communities.

Gayle Te Kani
Gayle Te Kani
Early Childhood Teaching, Executive Leadership Team, Head of School, Primary Teaching, Secondary Teaching, Teacher Education
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DipTchg (Primary), BEd (Adult Education), PGDip Professional Practice
Te Arawa, Ngāti Raukawa ki Waikato, Ngati Ranginui me Ngapuhi
Staff code #
07 562 2955
g.tekani@bti.ac.nz
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