Operational Team

Project Manager: Sam Gibson
Sam Gibson has worked in Kawerau for three years. He primarily taught in the Year 10 homeroom class at Tarawera High School, before changing roles in 2016 to become the e-learning PLD facilitator. He is passionate about using technology to enhance student learning, and empowering teachers to do the same. Sam is a Google Certified Educator and a Google for Education Certified Trainer. 

Sam visited the Manaiakalani Trust in Auckland in 2014, and was inspired to give students in our area the same learning opportunities that the Manaiakalani Trust was providing. He feels privileged to be part of the team that has established Te Aka Toitū, and is excited about the subsequent opportunities that we can provide for our students. 

"In this day and age, it is vitally important that students are given the necessary skills that allow them to succeed in the future. The enhanced learning opportunities that technology provides are crucial to that. We need to create an equitable learning environment where our students have the opportunity to learn anywhere, anytime and at any pace".