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Arts Online Team

Project Director 

Maria Lute 

Maria is director and project manager of Arts Online. She holds a Bachelor of Teaching degree and is a qualified project manager with the PMP credential. Maria has extensive experience in managing the development of digital resources, most recently for Arts Online, the Positive Behaviour for Learning programme, Inclusive Education and Educational Success as Maori websites on TKI. She specializes in managing quality assurance processes in the development of educational resources, both print and digital, including sector consultation and feedback. Maria also has expertise in current user testing methodologies and gaining authentic audience feedback, including working with teachers, students and external stakeholders and has worked in this context both in NZ and internationally.

Community Facilitators

Ryan Benjamin

Ryan is the community facilitator for Dramanet. He is HOD for Performing Arts (Drama and Dance) at McAuley High School, a Decile 1, Catholic school for girls in Otahuhu, Auckland. Prior to this he taught for the past seven years at Rosehill College in Papakura and prior to that, at Rutherford College in Waitakere. He is also a 2015 member of the Auckland Branch committee for Drama New Zealand and, since joining in May, has volunteered to  run a professional development workshop for teachers of Drama and Drama NZ members that aims to encourage the shifting of assessment and moderation practices and processes to online platforms and formats using digital technologies.

Bridget Blair

Bridget is the community facilitator for Visartsnet. She is Head of the Arts Faculty at Cashmere High School in Christchurch and has over 14 years teaching experience and past involvement in NCEA Visual Arts moderation. Bridget majored in photography for her Fine Arts degree and has been involved in the Curriculum Implementation Group and resource development at a national level. Her current areas of speciality are planning, teaching and assessment in the Visual Arts.

Martin Emo

Martin is the community facilitator for Musicnet. He is Teacher in Charge of Music at Waimea College in Nelson. His current areas of specialty are classroom music, music technology and the school's jazz ensembles. Previously he taught in the Far North of New Zealand and has been involved in training primary and secondary teachers in Central America.

Sally Waanders

Sally Waanders is the community facilitator for Arthistorynet. She is currently HOD of Art at Rosehill College teaching Art History and Visual Arts at both junior and senior secondary levels. Sally is involved with assessment and resource development at a national level and has been part of the Curriculum Review Group for Art History.

Patrice O'Brien

Patrice O'Brien is the community facilitator for Dancenet. She also teaches dance at the Faculty of Education, University of Auckland. In the past, she has taught both dance and drama to all levels at secondary school.

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