Teaching tribe admits another

01:57, May 15 2014

Teaching is in the genes for Palmerston North's Hansen tribe who made today's Massey University's graduation ceremony a family affair.

Massey's Institute of Education director Associate Professor Sally Hansen had a special reason to smile when she read out one name at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences' ceremony for education graduates.

The name was that of her daughter Jasmine Hansen who had her postgraduate Diploma in Education conferred.

Jasmine was the latest member of the family of five to gain an education qualification from Massey.

She celebrated with her mother and father Paul Hansen, a senior tutor in visual arts education at the institute.

Her sister Polly is also a Massey graduate and now the Head of Art at Palmerston North Girls' High School.


Her brother Leif teaches art at Palmerston North Boys' High School.

Jasmine, who teaches primary students at St Albans School in Christchurch, said she never wanted to become a teacher.

But as a science graduate she found herself fronting classrooms as an educator running her own business - a mobile marine education programme that toured New Zealand.

It was during a stint at Massey where she provided training for science teachers that she realised being a teacher was the right fit for her.

Her ''pedagogically passionate'' parents inspired her to see the value of education and teaching, and has fused her science degree with an interest in art and teaching, she said.

Jasmine is working on her Masters thesis focusing on the links between art and science to explore visual literacy as a new mode of teaching science to diverse cultures.

Manawatu Standard