Hi my name is Elizabeth McKee. I began my journey in education over a decade ago, equipped with a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary) and a Postgraduate Diploma (with distinction) in Education, endorsed with Learning Languages. My teaching career has been a journey of passion for creating safe spaces for learners.
Over the years, my focus has revolved around neurodiverse learning and the creation of learning spaces where students are at the centre of their educational journey. As a specialist ORS teacher, my philosophy is rooted in child-led learning and development.
Six years ago, my experience, skills, and deep passion for individualised education led to the creation of Ted's Space. Ted's Space is all about creating a safe haven where students can learn, grow, and be themselves. It's a place where the well-being and individuality of each child are at the forefront. My vision is to foster a sense of belonging and provide an environment that nurtures children's curiosity and supports their growth, emotionally and academically. The building blocks of Ted's Space were formed by integrating these principles, and today, it continues to thrive as an embodiment of child-led learning and development.
Teddy, the heart and soul of Ted's Space, is an extraordinary and lovable support dog. He is an 11 year old Spoodle, known for his gentle nature and unwavering loyalty. Teddy's incredible ability to connect with children, his gentle demeanour, and his enthusiasm for being an active part of our program make him truly special. With his soft fur and wagging tail, Teddy has a natural talent for bringing smiles to the faces of children and their whānau. His presence creates a safe and supportive space for learning and growth, making Teddy a remarkable and cherished companion for everyone involved in Ted's Space.
Hi my name is Robyn. I joined the Ted’s Space Board because I am passionate about supporting Elizabeth and Teddy as they deliver such an amazing programme. I work in a local primary school where I have witnessed the positive impact it has on so many students. My dog, Daisy, and I are proud to be part of the Ted’s Space team.
My name is Claire and I was fortunate to have my daughter attend school where Teddy and Elizabeth were based. It was through seeing first hand the incredible impact the Ted’s Space program had on her growth at school and personally that I have been honoured to be a part of the board since it’s inception.