BEANZ Membership

All professional educators who have an interest in Biology Education in New Zealand are encouraged to become members of BEANZ.

Membership of BEANZ is via membership of NZASE. A supplementary subscription is payable for NZASE members to become a member of BEANZ.


Bill van den Ende – Assessment Project

Hazel McIntosh – Primary Biology Education

Hamish Spencer – Tertiary Biology Education

Jo Hurst – Curriculum Support

Holly Brooshooft – Publications Co-ordinator

The thing I love about teaching is the looks on the faces of students when they discover new and exciting things, or when students overcome a challenge and have their ‘ah-ha moments’. I volunteered at BEANZ after the SciCon as a way to challenge myself and give back to the Biology community. In my spare time I play golf, read books and enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

Peter Sutton – Treasurer

Junior Vice President

Vacant – we need you!

Contact: to volunteer

Ben Himme – Website

I’m a full-time Biology teacher at Napier Girls High. In my spare time I’m developing a website ( for Science & Biology Teachers. In my spare time I enjoy riding Vespas and collecting Lego.

Kate Rice – Senior Vice President

Sharyn Varcoe – President (NZASE Rep)


Riccarton High School

Involved in education since 2003, I passionately believe that professional development of educators is one of the keys to improved outcomes for all learners. This led to my involvement in BEANZ, initially as Canterbury regional representative and co-chair of the BioLive2013 conference and latterly as president.

I am currently Head of Science at Riccarton High School, a co-educational state school of almost 1000 students in west Christchurch. In my spare time I can usually be found making the most of the amazing environs of Canterbury with my partner and grown-up children.

Terry Burrell – Curriculum Support

Curriculum Committee

Onslow College

I’ve been teaching for ages across Hawkes Bay and Wellington schools.  Now based at Onslow College in the capital. My passion in teaching is finding ways to shift learning from teacher-directed to student-driven. I love exploring new strategies for tapping into student interests – like using drama to model gene expression, the annual Palaeolithic tool-making competition during our zoo overnight and most recently involving our students in planting a Hebe (Veronica) speciation garden featuring 20 species from alpine to lowland.

Via my involvement with BEANZ I had the opportunity to get involved during the NCEA alignment process and the development of the Teaching and Learning guides. I strongly recommend other teachers put their hands up to be involved with their subject association, local cluster groups etc. It’s the best TPL you could hope for and an effective way to jump start your career too.

Outside school I grab whatever time I can in the hills. Whether it’s multiday tramping or running my trap line to deal to rodents and possums in the hills behind our house in York Bay, adjacent to the East Harbour Regional Park.

Penny Daddy – Curriculum Support

Regional Rep for Auckland, Curriculum Committee

St Cuthbert’s College

Penny Daddy, position BEANZ Regional Rep for Auckland and on the Curriculum team. A teacher of Science and Biology with 28 years experience of NCEA, Cambridge and IB platforms.

I am passionate about teaching Science and as I was incredibly lucky with teaching mentors in my early days, I am keen to pass on this knowledge and experience to those interested in making Science fun and accessible to students.  Currently I am Deputy HOD Science at St Cuthbert’s College a private girls College in Epsom, Auckland. I teach Biology, Science and run the trees for survival program. Being interested in conservation, teaching and travel I am lucky to be able to combine all three and take school trips on biology adventures to exotic locations such as the Amazon.

I love walking in the NZ bush and have two grown up kids, a cat, two dogs and a husband, who I try to encourage to come with me, with varying degrees of success.

NZ Bio Olympiad executive member.


Biological Science workbooks with Ursula Paul

Biology workbooks level 1, 2 and 3, with Martin Hansen and David Blaker.