Paul Johnson

2020_Candidate_Paul Johnson

Nominated for:

  • School principals
  • General membership

Kia ora koutou ngā mihi nui ki a koutou

Ko Paul Johnson toku ingoa

Ko au te tumuaki o te Kura Waenga o Ngāmotu

I roto i te hapu o Ngati TeWhiti

Kei raro i te maunga a Taranaki

Kei waenga i ngā awa ō Huatoki raua ko Te Hēnui

Kei waenganui i ngā Pātūwhātawhāta ō Pūkākā raua ko Wharepapa

No reira


Relevant skills, attributes, and qualifications

'I don't want to spend the rest of my life at school.' (Johnson, P. 1993).  I have been an educator for 23 years across two countries, three provinces, eight (1-8) decile levels, five schools and seven school year levels. I hold a bachelor's degree and diploma in teaching and I have 1 paper to complete a master's degree in educational leadership, majoring in coaching and mentoring. I put this personal achievement on hold when our profession mobilised for action. I have been a primary school principal for 11 ½ years, 10 in a rural school and now in my current urban environment. I have a passionately dissident personality, I consider myself a good public speaker with solid communication skills. I have an unwavering belief that our profession needs to be enabled and trusted to do what we know is right for kids and I stand up for this. I bring a strong relational skillset to my nomination and a determination to work hard and advocate for the profession as a whole, not just for my specific sub group. Solidarity!


NZEI Te Riu Roa Experience

I have studied under and/or worked for three past NZEI Te Riu Roa Manukura: Irene Cooper, Bill Noble and Ian Leckie. Ian was a great feeder of big picture information as a leader and he certainly grew my solidarity spark into a flame. I was a passive member for years before picketing local MP offices and marching on the front lines. I lead industrial action in Taranaki. I have met with and meet with local MPs and lay out the desires and concerns of our profession. I have four years' experience working on the Principals' Council NLG. This mahi has seen me lead local union activities for principals and teachers. Reference group hui, Rural and Teaching Principals Conference lead coordinator for 2020 (now 2021), election panels, industrial action rallies and coaching and mentoring of new principals. I am an active member of both my local branch and area council. As a school leader I initiated the living wage for my support staff because it was right and those that work with our most vulnerable students damn well deserve recognition. I have worked on the career pathway framework group and have just begun with the Principals' Council system change work group.


Other background and personal information

Ko Hikurangi te maunga, ko Waimata te awa, ko Tūranganui-a-Kiwa te moana, no Tairawhiti ahau, no engari Waitara e noho ana ahau. I am a husband to Anna (teacher aide), and Dad to Declan (13), Cormac (12) and Camdyn (10). I love sports, the outdoors, socialising with family and friends, ancient history novels and learning new things. Saturday 8th November 2008 John Key and I won new jobs so before 2017's election all I had known in principalship was centre right quantitative education policy; National Standards, I.E.S, the ECE funding freeze as examples. I wondered if I would be courageous enough to one day walk a picket line, to lead a rally, to truly stand up for what I believe in. Kua tae te wā proved that I am.

'I'd be honoured to spend the rest of my working life at school, there is no greater profession than education.' (Johnson, P. 2020)

Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

Nominated by North Taranaki Branch.