Sandie Burn


Nominated for:

  • Early childhood sector
  • General membership

Kai ora koutou

My name is Sandra Elizabeth Burn generally known as Sandie. I am married to Stephen and have three amazing adult children and two very precious grandchildren.

I was lucky enough to grow up in some amazingly interesting places, Arthur Pass, where I was born, Aoraki/Mount Cook and Te Urewera to name a few.. Schooling was done though the Correspondence School followed with boarding school at Gisborne Girls High.

I moved with my family to Nelson 30 years ago and I worked as a cook at Nelson Hospital before moving to Community owned centre where I started and completed my training through New Zealand Childcare Assn. My career in ECE began as a reliever, then as fixed term teacher, before becoming a permanent full time teacher and now I am a Head Teacher. I have worked my way up the leadership pipeline gaining the skills and abilities along the way to ensure that as I move into higher level leadership I am well equipped to meet any and all challenges. Through my teaching journey I have become a Union member and advocate strongly for others to reap the benefits of being a part of NZEI just as I have.


Relevant skills, attributes, and qualifications

My qualifications skills and attributes :

  • BTchLn(EarlyChildhood) University of Canterbury
  • Registered Teacher with NZ Teacher's council
  • Work in such a way that Mātauranga, Mōhiotanga, Māramatanga are embedded within my working practice and reflected through my leadership
  • A leader who works hard to move from good to a great leader
  • Passionate about people and their rights, to be happy, safe and have a peaceful life.
  • Strongly believe that it is a leader's responsibility to build and grow leadership in others
  • Very committed to on-going learning and see it as a right and privilege
  • Behave as a professional at all time and in all situations
  • See role as being a representative for all members of NZEI TRR and therefore committed to setting the needs of the members as the highest priority
  • Able to step back and see the bigger picture
  • Have developed appropriate skills for dealing with conflict resolution through "Open to learning conversation" training.
  • Mentor for registering teachers
  • Trained facilitator with "Strengthening Families"
  • Associate teacher for in-training teachers on practicum
  • Able and will to work collaboratively with others
  • Am confident to meet new people and making them feel comfortable in different situations
  • Passionate about the world we live in and how we can work together to ensure that it is in the best possible state when we leave, active environmentalist
  • Have developed open working relationships with Minister of Education Hon Chris Hipkins,
  • Positive working relationships with

    • Kathy Wolfe, CE Te Rito Mioha,
    • Cathy Wilson CE Montessori Aotearoa NZ
    • Jill Bond -EO NZ Kindergartens
    • Nicola Woolaston NZ Hospital play specialists
    • Pauline Winter Auckland Kindergartens

  • Developing working relationships with members of MOE Wellington Office
  • Have developing positive working relationships with ECE Academic

    • Emeritus Professor Helen May
    • Professor Margaret Carr
    • Associate Professor Alex Gunn
    • Professor Carmen Dalli
    • Associate Professor Sue Cherrington

  • Keep up to date with current ECE theories and practices to maintain own practice and to support others


NZEI Te Riu Roa Experience

  • Worksite Rep -At kindergarten
  • Branch Rep for ECE-Motueka
  • Branch Chair- Motueka
  • Member of National Leadership Group Rep ECE
  • Te Tau Ihu Area Council Vice Chair
  • Te Tau Ihu Area Council acting Chair for several meetings 2020
  • Te Tau Ihu Area Council executive member
  • National Leadership Group Te Ope Kohungahunga Co Convenor
  • NZEI TRR Rep on Early Education Federation
  • NZEI TRR Rep on Early Childhood Advisory Community
  • NZEI TTR Rep on ECE 10 year Strategic Plan Reference Group
  • Facilitator for webinar with Professor Carman Dalli - Striving for Excellence in ECE
  • Attending National Conference and AGM for last 8 years
  • Attended Te Kahui Whetu in Christchurch and via Zoom in 2020
  • Developed successful working relationships with NLGs and NZEI TRR in Te Tau Ihu and at National Office, Wellington
  • Current focussed is on recruitment of Kindergarten colleagues in Te Tau Ihu
  • Leadership role for the Te Wai Pounamu ECE leadership and network days
  • Leadership role in the "Better funding Better Leaning" campaign
  • Leadership role in the "Every Child is worth it" Campaign
  • Leadership role in the Mana Taurite Campaign
  • Leadership role in the ECE Voice Campaign


Other background and personal information

  • As a Head teacher I work autonomously within the kindergarten Assn so am able to work confidently either independently or with others
  • I have developed appropriate skills for dealing with conflict resolution through open to learning conversation training
  • Developed budget and office management skill through husband's plumbing business and as part of role of HT
  • A member of Motueka Kahui Ako ECE cluster group
  • A member of Motueka Toast Master
  • A member of the Motueka Community Swimming Pool Development Committee.
  • A member of Nelson Adult Riding Club
  • A member of Motueka Pony Club and riding coach for 3 years
  • Member of Keep Motueka Safe for families.
  • I adore exploring new and interesting places especially if they are off the beaten track
  • Have a love and passion for the environment (developed through my early years living in National Parks) and have been involved in the Enviroschool programme leading my kindergarten on to be the first kindergarten in the South Island to reach the highest award - Enviroschools GreenGold
  • Have a real love animals with 3 birds 2 cats and 2 dogs and a deep passion for my horse to fill any spare time
  • Have been rediscovering my family roots by writing my family tree and in particular my Welsh links through my grandfather who was a coal miner in Blaenavon South eastern Wales
  • Have travelled to Fiji, Australia India, Canada and United Kingdom.
  • I enjoy reading particularly historical novels
  • My daughter is head teacher at a private centre and we have robust discussions about ECE

Nominated by Motueka Branch.