CORE's Team

Helen MacGougan

Project Manager


2017 Postgraduate Certificate in Digital & Collaborative Learning - Unitec and The Mindlab
2009 Graduate Diploma of Teaching & Learning (Secondary) - University of Canterbury
2001 Bachelor of Arts (History Law) - University of Canterbury

Contact details


P: 0800 267 301

M: 021 226 7886

Region: Canterbury

Helen Macgougan fs

Professional profile

Helen brings a kete full of diverse skills, including:

  • Professional learning, development, and facilitation
  • Coaching & mentoring - mana enhancing practice that achieves results
  • Project work - quality assurance, timeliness, productivity, advocacy, and collaboration
  • 10+ years secondary school teaching and curriculum leadership with Media subject expertise

Over the past ten years, Helen brought secondary school teachers and teams together to develop their e-learning practice and collaborative practice through inquiry. In the secondary school classroom, Helen’s passion was empowering our young people to be creative content creators, effective collaborators and critical thinkers; celebrating their own stories through short film and documentary making. 


  • Facilitation
  • Coaching & mentoring
  • Secondary school teaching and leadership
  • Media design, production, and critical literacy


National Association of Media Educators


“Kia ora. This is my earthquake story”. Multiple applications of a sociolinguistic corpus

Conferences and presentations

National Association of Media Educators Conferences
uLearn conferences
New Zealand English Teachers Aotearoa Conferences

Awards and scholarships

TeachNZ Study Award 2019

Unitec Scholarship 2016

Personal statement

I have a deep commitment to education, professional learning and mana enhancing practice to achieve positive outcomes. Manaakitanga is my core value; only by valuing people can we achieve deep understanding. Working with CORE is my dream job; an organisation that is committed to te Tiriti o Waitangi, equity in education, innovation, and support for schools and wider sectors. My dream for education in Aotearoa is that all our young people are seen, heard, and empowered to thrive.

E tū ki te kei o te waka, kia pakia koe e ngā ngaru o te wā.

Stand at the stern of the canoe, and feel the spray of the future biting at your face.