I originally trained as an ICT and English Teacher in Leeds, England in 2001. I moved back to my home country of Wales after my first two years of teaching and taught there until 2018, at a number of different schools and in a range of different roles before moving to New Zealand. During that time my main focus was leading IT based connected classroom innovations. I have a passion for future focussed learning - something Horizon school does so well! Having spent all of my career in 7 - 13 settings I am loving the challenge of connecting more with younger students and working to connect their learning all the way through their school experience.
My family - My husband Roushan, our two sons, Dylan (18) and Brody (6) and I - firstly came to Auckland, where I taught Computer Science at Macleans College and held the role of Director of Digital Learning. Originally on work visas, we decided to travel as much as we could before heading home. After two years, we headed to the South Island to Marlborough Girls, where I took up the role of Deputy Principal. After a year, we decided to apply for residency and moved to Christchurch and I was appointed as Deputy Principal of Catholic Cathedral College.
Teaching is a family business - Roushan is a teacher of Maths & Physics and Dylan is about to study Māori and Statistics for Education at the University of Canterbury. Brody is in year 2 at Horizon school and I feel very lucky to have him experience the Christian education provided by the wonderful staff of our kura and be present daily in his learning with him.
Tina Utting-Johnson, Principal
PGDip ICT in Education, PGDip Education Leadership, PGCE ICT & English, BA (HONS) Business Information Management