Phillip Simpson

Room 22 –

MA (Hons), Master of Creative Writing (Hons), PGDipTeach, PGCertEd, PGDipHR, PGDipMusStud

I have been at Matipo for 14 years teaching years 1-6 and have lived on the Te Atatu Peninsula for about the same amount of time. As well as being a middle school classroom teacher (Room 22) this year, I will also be the specialist writing teacher.

In terms of background, I have worked as an archaeologist, a museum curator, an officer cadet in the army and in Human Resource management. I have travelled extensively through Africa, Nepal, Europe, Indonesia and South America and lived in London and Sydney.

In 2015, I was awarded study leave by the Ministry of Education and completed my Masters in Creative Writing (1st class honours) from the University of Auckland.

In addition, I also have a BA in Archaeology and Ancient History, a Masters (Hons) in Archaeology and post graduate diplomas in Teaching, Education, Human Resource Management and Museum Studies. I started (and probably will never complete) my PhD in Archaeology.

Teaching writing is my passion. I write both fiction and non-fiction books for children and teenagers and have had over 50 books published, mostly for the education sector. I have written books on how to teach writing as well as other teaching resources.  Publishers include Macmillan, Penguin, Pearson, Oxford University Press, Cengage, Raintree, Essential Resources, Lift Education and Iversen. My latest YA novels are out with U.S publisher, Month9books.

I love reading, writing, boxing, playing golf, fishing and football. My wife Rose and I have one son (Jack – who is in Year 2 at Matipo) and two border terriers (Whiskey and Raffles).