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Yaron Overeem


I was born in Palmerston North, New Zealand to my parents Hank and Hilda Overeem, both who were dutch immigrants.


I moved around New Zealand a lot as a child before the family settled in Havelock North. I attended Havelock North High School and then attended Bethlehem Teachers Collage where I gained my Diploma of teaching and Bachelor of Education. It is also where I met my wife Rebecca (Becky). My wife and I were married in 1999 and now have two wonderful daughters.  (Chloe and Sophie)


My first teaching job was at Onerahi Primary School in Whangarei. I spent 5 years there developing my teaching skills and implementing ICT into my classroom and developing ICT systems within the school. Here I also learnt much of my technical skills.


In 2007 I won a position as ICT Professional Development Facilitator for the Whangarei South ICT PD Cluster, made up of 6 rural school in the Whangrarei area. The project was funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Education.


My job was to develop a professional development program that would encourage teachers to use ICT in the classroom to improve teaching and learning.


The Project finished at the end of 2009 but I was re-employed by four of the school to carry on the program out side of the Ministry contract. I also took up three days classroom teaching at Ruakaka Primary School to fill my week.

I am now the Deputy Principal at Maungatapere school where I also teach a year 7-8  (11-13 years old) classroom


ICT Statement


As the world around us changes teachers are faced with the daunting task of changing their teaching practices to a new way of thinking where technology plays an ever growing part.
Their students now live in a world where they have any time, anywhere access to masses of information. Teachers are no longer the source of information but the supplier of opportunity.




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