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Jenny Amaranathan

Accredited Facilitator (English-medium)


2015 Practising Certificate, New Zealand Teachers Council
2005 Bachelor of Education, Massey University (Papers in Adult Teaching and Learning)
1999 Diploma of Mathematics Education, University of Auckland
1992 International Marketing Certificate, Auckland Institute of Technology/TRADENZ
1989 Māori Language and Culture, Level 1, Auckland University of Technology
1987 Trained Teachers Certificate, Palmerston North

Contact details


P: 0800 267 300

M: 027 610 8189

Accreditation Number: ACC 148

Region: Auckland

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Professional experience

Jenny has worked as a facilitator for over fifteen years in the school sector and the tertiary sector. Working collaboratively with leadership and teachers/tutors/lecturers, she is skilled at supporting the designing, delivering, monitoring and evaluating of tailored professional development that builds the capacity of teachers/tutors/lecturers and leaders.

It has included working with leadership teams in and across schools to design and undertake strengths/needs analysis to inform the co-construction of action plans, supporting schools to develop pedagogical content knowledge through one-to-one modelling. Also co-teaching, and practice analysis conversations and using teaching as inquiry to interrogate practice, student needs and teacher impact.

She has worked with diverse students, teachers, senior management teams, families/whānau and the wider community to enhance student learning and accelerate achievement.

Jenny also has experience working collaboratively with teachers in Special Schools tailoring the PLD to suit their diverse and particular needs.

Her experience also includes working with trade tutors in the tertiary sector providing tailored PLD across a wide range of different trades tutors/lecturers (Industry Training Providers).

Jenny uses current research to inform practice modelling life-long learning and ensuring that schools receive the best possible professional learning experience based on her expertise and the latest research.


Jenny has expertise in the following areas: 


  • Build relational trust with teachers and leaders
  • Develop a shared vision for teaching and learning, involving whānau, communities and learners
  • Transform teaching and learning through the development of collaborative teaching practices
  • Support teachers with teaching as inquiry using a collaborative inquiry approach

Evaluative capability

  • Support schools/COLs to collect and use high-quality data to monitor the effectiveness of programmes and teaching
  • Use data analysis to inform the development of programmes and teaching to meet student needs
  • Use data analysis to inform the school/COL PLD plan
  • Engage leadership teams in quality conversations about student achievement


  • Use Teaching as Inquiry to initiate change.
  • Develop interventions and teacher mind set focused on accelerated learning for all students
  • Effecting and sustaining change through building leadership capability
  • Model effective practice and co-teaching to strengthen teacher confidence, competence and belief in their students’ ability to progress and achieve
  • Build pedagogical and subject, content knowledge

Mentoring and coaching

  • Mentoring and coaching leaders and teachers in culturally responsive ways to raise student achievement and to support professional learning journeys
  • Support leadership to develop mentoring and coaching capability

Conference presentations, keynotes, seminars, workshops

2016 Cognition Education symposium:  ‘Rates and Ratio for Curriculum Level 3 & Level 4+

2015 New Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers Conference: ‘Algebraic thinking’

2014 Cognition Education symposium: ‘Moving from additive thinking to multiplicative thinking’

2013 Cognition Education symposium: ‘Our Pasifika learners’

2013 New Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers Conference: ‘Our Pasifika learners’

2012 Mathematics Leadership Community workshop: ‘Culturally responsive pedagogy in mathematics’ and ‘Culturally responsive leadership’ 

2012 Cognition Education symposium: ‘Connecting Number and Measurement in a practical activity’ (Trade apprenticeship focus)

2011: ALPA( Melbourne) Conference presentation – ‘All literacies count:wants or needs’.

2011: ACAL (Wellington)Conference workshop – ‘Helping learners understand calculations in a training course’

2011: Literacy Aotearoa Hui (Auckland), two workshops - ‘You have completed NCLANE  what now for Numeracy’? And ‘Assessment Tool interpreting results’.

2010:  Presentation on ‘Maori Pedagogy and Numeracy”, Literacy Symposium Waiariki and at The National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults symposium.

2007: Led discussions at the Bridging Educators Conference

2005: Presentation on the ‘Sustaining Numeracy Pilot Project’

2004: Presented a workshop ‘The Power of Imaging’, at the Mathematics Association of Victoria Conference

2000: TRCC Conference, Mathematics, Auckland.  Presentation, ‘What do we mean by ‘being numerate’?


2008: Member of the team that developed and reviewed the Learning Progressions for Adult Numeracy, Tertiary Education Commission.

1998: ‘Study of the Integration of Mathematics with Social Studies’ (a research investigation looking at the contextualisation of mathematics). 

Personal statement 

I believe that all students can achieve at the highest level within a teaching and learning environment that meets their needs. High expectations with challenging and relevant learning experiences develop student self belief and enhance achievement. Collaborative support is a key element in raising student achievement. “It takes a village to raise a child”.

E raka te mauī, e raka te katau
A community can use all the skills of its people