Garry Meiklejohn

Team Leader - Kia Kaha Room 11

Email: [email protected]

Kia ora,

Garry Meiklejohn is my name and I have been lucky enough to work at Berkley for the past six years. I must admit that in my earlier years I did not see myself where I am now. Traveling around the world led me to teaching and the current position I enjoy at Berkley.

After gaining my undergraduate degree through Otago University (a long time ago), I packed my bags and left on my big OE. However, choosing to stop off in Japan on my way to Europe was my biggest mistake; I ended up meeting my wife, having a child, and spending the next seventeen years of my life immersing myself with Japanese culture. It was during my time in Japan that I developed my love for teaching.

At Berkley, I manage the water polo team, oversee the EOTC education programme on Great Barrier Island and teach Japanese as part of the foreign language curriculum we have at Berkley. I do believe in Berkley’s motto of taking up the challenge, so in order to model this to my children I am currently completing a Masters of Education Degree, which I do online.

I believe the programmes we have on offer at Berkley go a long way in developing truly holistic learners, prepared for an ever-changing world. The positive learning environment at Berkley provides students endless opportunities to extend themselves on their lifelong learning journeys. Being involved in that journey motivates me to provide quality learning experiences for my students and keeps me passionate about teaching.

Oh, and I enjoy the occasional game of golf. So, if anyone needs to make a four, drop me a line ;- ).

Garry Meiklejohn