Meet the Learning team

Read about the members of the Learning Innovation team who create and deliver our innovative public and school learning programmes.

Tara Fagan, Senior Advisor Museum Education


Tara Fagan

I lead the Museum Education and Learning Innovation educators and believe using digital technologies in a well-considered blended approach enhances teaching and learning.

I've worked in teacher professional learning and development across New Zealand with a focus on digital technologies.

My background in early childhood education helps me support teachers as they understand collaborative, innovative, and experiential teaching.

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Martin Langdon, Museum Education Specialist  

Martin Langdon

I'm passionate about young learners having easy access to the museum and positive experiences. I prioritise shared learning experiences where the whole whānau can develop understanding together. My background is in facilitation, programme development, and community-based projects which I've drawn upon through my visual and fine arts education.  

Jessie Robieson, Learning Innovation specialist  

Jessie Robieson

I was a teacher for 5 years before joining the Learning Innovation team in June 2017. I'm interested in 21st-century learning and using digital tools in the classroom to motivate students. I enjoy working with teachers to empower them when delivering digital lessons, and in the upcoming digital technologies curriculum.

Laura Jones, Museum Education Specialist

Laura Jones

I've been a teacher for many years teaching to a wide range of year groups with an art specialism. I've studied and have a passion for museum education and see Te Papa as being perfectly positioned to help students make deep connections between the collections and their learning.

We can help schools with broadening the curriculum and we can enthuse students with new and innovative ways to engage with the world.

Scott Ogilvie, Museum Education Specialist

Scott Ogilvie

I love helping students discover our taonga and the stories these precious objects can tell. I specialise in science education but have become a bit of a jack-of-all-trades during my time at Te Papa.

I have a background in geography/geology, primary education, and science communication – all of which have been helpful in my role in museum education. As an advocate of life-long learning I am always looking to learn new things – most recently skiing, archery, and growing grapes!

Donald James, Learning Innovation Specialist

Donald James

Working in Hīnātore lets me help others ask their own questions about Te Papa’s taonga, explore what makes it interesting to them, and get hands-on and creative with the technologies of the future.

I love being thrown into the deep end with new people, new technology and new ideas. I especially like questions I don’t know the answer to!

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