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Work experience

Independent Contractor

September 2019Present

Instructional & Learning Designer

Remote and International Contracts

Have undertaken contract work in the field of designing adult education experiences in work skills, career development, health and safety, etc. Contracts have included private business and New Zealand government contracts with a particular focus on digital platforms, gamification of learning, and micro-credentials. Includes contracts for New Zealand Schools and for Evaluation Associates.

Ecole Parkside School

September 2018Present

Homeroom Teacher Grades 7-8

Altona, Manitoba, Canada

Responsible for CORE subject instruction and assessment in a combined grade 7 & 8 classroom with the addition of Exploratory Learning options (Business and Outdoor Education) and Visual Arts Education electives.

Sharp Resources New Zealand

Mar 2013Aug 2013


NZ & Global Digital Resources
Contributing Writer -  Regular contributor of Short Stories and multi-level flash fiction to Sharp Resources literacy and literature resource collections

Ormiston Junior College

Jan 2016July 2018

Deputy Principal

Flat Bush, Auckland, NZ
DP in charge of curriculum design and assessment, literacy approach, project-based learning curriculum design, staff professional development, digital student management system, digital learning management systems, social media and public relations, digital badging, learning events, and overseeing student and staff wellbeing.

Alfriston College

May 2013December 2015

Head of Learning Independent Learning, NZQA PN, Sr. School Curriculum Research (2MU, 1FMU, 2MMA)

Auckland, NZ
 Manage and Administer staff, learners, budget, resources, time and space

Prepare all documentation pertaining to the ILC - staffing, BOT reports, reporting, communicating with parents and caregivers, liaising with HOLS and HOLAS for learning, liaising tracking and intervening with tutors & their students of concern

Prepare staff professional development for school wide initiatives

Develop & maintain Learn 2 Learn programme at the Jr School

Develop & maintain the work and study skills programming at the Senior level 

Implement the credit catch-up programme in term 4 at the senior level

Create, establish, evaluate, maintain and innovate systems and processes that support the development of the Independent Learning philosophy

Regularly host guests to the school and present philosophy of learning 

Research and develop future AC Sernior School integrated authentic personalised curriculum

Ormiston Senior College

May 2013Jul 2013

Independent Research and Consulting

Auckland, NZ
Undertook research gathering and analysis of Student Voice and perspective on experiences of Personalized Learning at Ormiston College. (A brief follow- up to Diana Patience MA thesis), consulting with Acting Principal and working group on Enhancing Student Engagement in 21st century model schools

Alfriston College

Jan 2009Feb 2011

Curriculum Co-Ordinator

Auckland, NZ
Curriculum Co-coordinator(1MU & 1 MMA)

Alfriston College

Jan 2007Nov 2009

Learning Leader

Auckland, NZ
Learning Leader English/Whanau Tutor
 - Planned for, implemented, delivered and assessed the Image Speak programme to a high quality
-  Worked with learners and their families to plan for and implement academic and co-curricular goals
- Participated in, developed and implemented Whanau community initiatives, challenges and  activities  -Ran creative writing group as Part of Special Character Curriculum

Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti

Oct 2004Dec 2006

Learning Advisor

City Centre, Christchurch, NZ
Learning Advisor  - Used a range of technologies to create, implement, monitor and direct IEP's alongside learners and their caregivers and mentors and building and maintaining supportive relationships, centred on personalising the learning of the students and promoting their achievement
- Fulfilled teaching roles in Drama, English, Social Studies, Classics, PE, and Health. Also implemented holistic programmes that explored a range of ideas including media, art, creative writing, horticulture, and cultural studies. Other Work Experience


Apr 2000Sep 2003

Snowboard School Manager

Mt Hutt, Methven, NZ
NZ Snowboard School Manager/CHCH Polytechnic Programme Manager


Jun 1998Sep 2003

Snowboarding Instructor

Mt Hutt, Methven, NZ
Snowboarding Instructor In charge of junior staff professional development, instructing public to all levels

The Body Shop

Sep 1998Feb 2003

Retail Assistant

Christchurch, NZ
Retail Assistant

Town of Altona

Jun 1995Aug 1998

Assistant Head Lifeguard

Altona, Manitoba, Canada
Assistant Head Lifeguard/Swimming Lesson Supervisor - Responsible for health and safety of facility patrons, staff rostering, staff development, swimming lesson instruction and quality control, payroll, administration and daily accounting.



Nov 2015Nov 2017

MA Applied Practice

120 point thesis option with 15 point Research Question in Transdiciplinary Studies, Te Miro Centre for Transdisplinary studies

The Mind Lab by Unitec

Jul 2014Mar 2015

Post Graduate Certificate

Digital & Collaborative Learning

Graduate School of Education

Jan 2004Oct 2004

Graduate Certificate of Education

Teaching and Learning (Secondary Specialization)

Athabasca University

Sep 2000Nov 2003

Bachelor of Arts

General Studies Conjoint Majors in English, Religious Studies & Anthropology

W.C. Miller Collegiate


University Entrance High School Diploma

Canadian Secondary University Entrance High School Qualification

Personal Profile

I am an enthusiastic and innovative participant in the education landscape. I have been lucky enough to have experienced a wide range of cutting edge schools both in New Zealand and abroad, as a staff member, presenter and facilitator and visiting observer and have just completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Technology and Collaborative Learning through the Mindlab in 2015 which led me to receiving a TeachNZ study award to begin work towards completing an MA in Applied Practice. I am stimulated by ideas about pushing the boundaries of how to constantly reform thinking about learning and creativity, and I thrive on working closely with learners to help them to achieve their goals and realise their own potential.

I have a creative approach to everything I pursue, and feel that my wide range of work and life experiences have set me up well as a learner myself.  I am  able to work well collaboratively and independently to explore current trends and reading and knowledge, and implement action research and inquiry in my own professional practise as a facilitator of education.  

I believe strongly in approaching learners holistically and as individuals in order for them to strive towards their own actualisation and experience the world and community in ways that are meaningful and relevant to them. Finally, I enjoy the challenges that mapping uncharted territory always bring, and bring with me a strong work ethic and high standards and expectations of all that I do.

Key Skills

Research Based Educational Innovation

I relish professional development and reading, and through this, have  in turn had many opportunities to share my thoughts, research and experiences with a wide range of colleagues through a variety of initiative development and implementation.  I feel confident investigating, co-designing, self-critiquing, engaging communities, prototyping and proposing thinking to stimulate innovation, change, learning and development.

Responsive & Relational Learning

I am a passionate educator who puts students and their learning community at the heart of their own learning.  I believe in empowering learners and ensuring they are setting their sights high and reaching the goals they have set for themselves.  I approach learning with a culturally reponsive lens and take all opportunities to challenge and develop myself, my approach and my skills in any context I engage with.

Critical Creativity
In my various professional incarnations, problem solving and creative thinking has been one of my passions and strengths.  I enjoy the challenge of identifying issues and researching, discussing, trialling and implementing innovative solutions.  I have been fortunate to have had many experiences in this as I have spent my career so far being a member of new and developing schools and am always looking to develop my own creativity.




Played volleyball at the National Club level from 2005-2010

Run/Walk regularly

Love to Read

Enjoy nature, the outdoors, biking, walking, gardening and animals

Family time is crucial at our house from cooking, to sharing adventures, and storytelling

Enjoy creativity in a variety of forms: pottery, scrapbooking, sculpture and quilting

Love water and snow sports:  swimming, surfing, sea kayaking, upright paddle-boarding, snowboarding, skiing, tele-marking

Love music and play a variety of instruments and sing

Love art, and crafts, making and doing


Teach NZ Study Award, 2016

Member of New Zealand Assessment Institute and Presenter

Member of the Alfriston College Curriculum Review Committee 2011, 2012

Red Cross Fully Certified Swmming Instructor Level 2

Presented at Learning @ Schools 2009 conference in Rotorua. Topic: 21st Century Time and Space Structures for Schools

Guest Presenter at Border Land School Division Summer Series - Invited and paid guest position presenting on the topic of: What can 21st Century Education look like:  theories, theorists and case studies

Attended the Canadian Coalition for Self-Directed Learning Schools Conference 2008

Presented at Manukau Principals Association Conference 2009

Presented at Bendigo SDL Conference 2010

Invited to Visit Think Global School - on their recent stay in Australia 2013

Facilitated Alfriston College staff Professional Development on a wide variety of topics including: 21st century learning, developing enquiry learning, project based learning, learning to learn, brain based learning environments, 21st century time/space models of education, developing independent thinking skills, developing the key competencies from 30 minute workshops through to 2 day full staff seminars for the NZC curriculum days

Worked as part of a team to organise and facilitate Alfriston College 21st Century Learning Conference

Worked on organising the conference and acted as Facilitator on the topic of promoting self-management and independent learning and thinking skills in the High School context

Have visited as a critical guest: Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti, Discovery School, Mission Heights Jr High School, Baverstock Primary School, Ormiston Senior College, Papamoa Jr College, Albany Senior High School, Thomas Haney High School, Mary Ward, Frances Kelsey, Bishop Carroll High School, and Westmount High School in efforts to learn more about creating structures to support personalisation in learning and 21st century strategies in action in a variety of contexts.

Member of the Think Tank that was a part of the planning process for the Tertiary High School at MIT

Facilitated a WC Miller Collegiate Staff Professional Development Day 2009: a full day school self review with whole staff on the topic of strategies for personalised learning in that context.

Responsible for planning and implementing staff professional development on developing Independent Learning skills, Metacognitive skills, and personalising programmes of learning