I work at Massey University within the Institute of Education, where I support students completing the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching and students pursuing a Master’s in Education with a specialisation in literacy. I also supervise PhD students conducting research in the field of literacy. In my own research, I concentrate on the identification and support of children facing literacy difficulties. I’m also an editor for Kairaranga, an Aotearoa New Zealand-based educational research journal.
Prior to joining Massey University, I held a lecturing position within the Specialist Teaching Programme at the University of Canterbury, and coordinated the specialist teaching fieldwork at the New Zealand Graduate School of Education. I also conducted educational assessments for children with learning difficulties after completing the SPELD NZ Assessor training programme, and provided mentorship to students completing the same training.
Before embarking on my career in higher education, I spent 14 years as a teacher, assuming various senior leadership roles. During this time, I founded Teacher Tools, a company known for publishing a range of mathematics resources widely utilised in schools throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.
I believe my diverse experiences in education have equipped me with valuable insights into both the practical and research aspects of the field. I’m deeply committed to making a positive impact on the lives of learners and contributing to the advancement of educational practices.