Te Ao Mārama

07 595 0595 33 Hare Puke Drive, Hamilton

Heemi McDonald


Board Member

General Information

Kia ora koutou katoa.

I am a Deputy Principal at Rototuna Senior High School, with experience in a range of educational settings. I have extensive experience in Curriculum Design, English curriculum and literacy development, Māori achievement, extending and accelerating learners. I have a good understanding of the importance of how a strong sense of belonging is vital to providing the best learning environment possible for our children.

As well as being a trained teacher, I have a Law degree from the University of Waikato and am actively involved with a number of local community and national organisations. I am committed to enabling our children to be connected to the community and to positively contribute to the world around them.

Other attributes:
- I am solutions focused and look for opportunities
- I am a lifelong learner
- I value respect and inclusion for all
- I believe that to engage children, we must ignite their interests and provide powerful learning opportunities
- I believe that well-being is critical to success in learning and life

Gemma and I have 4 children, Keeley in Year 4, Avery in Year 2, Miller aged 4 and Marlow aged 1.

Where I feel I will be able to add value to the Board will be through strengthening community relationships, being collaborative in our activities as a Board and ensuring that we continue to inspire our Learners and prepare them for their futures.