Johnnie is the Head of Science at Nelson College. He has been teaching Junior Science and Biology for 15 years and is still fascinated by the natural world. He relishes opening students’ eyes to the wonders around them and tells them how lucky they are to live in a country like Aotearoa New Zealand, where the local flora and fauna is so accessible and so awesome. In 2016 he completed the Science Teachers Leadership Program through the RSNZ at Cawthron Institute. The links forged through the program have enabled him to be involved in the Biosecurity Toolbox Project. He is excited about engaging students in an authentic hands-on real-world project focusing on marine biosecurity.