McAennyl is the name I had planned on publishing under, which I plan to finish late-2019, wanting a gender-free name on the spine. I took the first letters of my father’s surname, and added my christian name backwards. I’ve been using McAennyl on this blog, Twitter, and Facebook for a fair few years now. I decided in September 2020 – why am I hiding behind a nom-de-plume? So the site may retain its original name in the URL, I’ve claimed it for my real self. So expect to see accounts on S.M. change too.
My main W.I.P. is a blend of memoirs of and commentary on my schooldays and career in education in New Zealand. Many of the activities I mention experiencing are matched with the relevant Syllabus or, later, Curriculum of the time. I expect it will be of interest to tertiary students in education, and school teachers anywhere – and if a former colleague or student buys the odd copy, I’ll be rapt.
Another W.I.P. is a fictional crime solving cum suspense, involving a Lot of research for its NZ setting. That’s second in line.
In the meantime, I’ll post about general stuff, anything that amuses or interests me.
Born and raised firstly in New Zealand’s Waikato dairy production district, then Wairarapa, I’ve followed my career and my husband’s to Manawatu, South Auckland, Hawkes Bay and back to Wairarapa.
Schooling: Whangarata Primary; Harley Street School; Masterton Intermediate † ; St Bride’s Convent; Wellington Teachers College; Universal College of Education (Palmerston North), Waiariki Institute of Learning (Masterton and Palmerston North)
Worked for/with: McAnulty’s Dairy; Madden, Levien & Woodhouse – accountants; Cunninghams, appliance manufacturers; Waggs Motors, LMVD; Whitcombe & Tombs – book store; General Hire – TV hire company; Music Carriers – LP, 45 rpm and cassette recordings; James Smiths department store – in Manchester, and Fine China & Silver, and the foyer junk jewellery counter tending to the s/he entertainment community; Jensen & Pollett, and Jensen & Pollett (1973) – motorcycle retailer;
Teaching (my ikigai) – at :: Hiona Intermediate School; Huntly Primary; Rakaumanga School; Papakura Intermediate; Papakura Central Primary; Tareha School – Principal; Solway College – HOD Intermediate, HOD Special Needs, HOD Careers. HOD ICT; Universal College of Learning – lecturer
Gained: NZ Trained Teacher Certificate; Bachelor of (Applied) Information and Computing Technology; Diploma Applied (Creative) Writing
Served the Masterton IRA* – treasurer; Hiona Intermediate Netball – team coach; Huntly Kindergarten – secretary and Variety Show Fund-raiser producer; Huntly Press – feature writer; Rotorua Writers Group – committee, Secretary / editor; Mad Poets Society – member, NZ Poetry Day event, Treasurer
Published: † first poem in NZ School Journal 4 (learned of it c. twenty years later; weekly children’s feature writer for Huntly Press; poems in anthologies published by Mad Poets Society, and in 2020 two super-shorts in Heads Will Roll anthology published by Rotorua Writers Group.
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*International Reading Association – had you going there?