CORE's Team

Gae Thawley

Lead Facilitator — Early Years


1995 Dip ECE - Christchurch College of Education
1984 Cert of Teaching (Primary)
1983 Dip of Teaching (Primary) - Hamilton Teachers College

Contact details


P: 0800 267 300

M: 021 918 204

Accreditation Number: ACC 1263

Region: Canterbury

Gae Thawley FS

Professional profile

Gae has a strong and proven commitment to Early Childhood Education with 35 years experience working in a diverse range of settings and roles. These roles include leadership, management, facilitation, working with and alongside aspiring leaders, communities, kaiako, Kāhui Ako, whānau and tamariki.

Gae is a creative and clear communicator with strong social and cultural competencies who flourishes working with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Her ongoing role as facilitator of a multicultural group of kaiako supports her advocacy for social justice and enactment of the concept of strength through diversity. Her recent role as Head Teacher in a culturally diverse community has enabled her to connect deeply with curriculum design and implementation at a grassroots level.

Gae is an initiator and innovator who is driven by strong values and the desire to make a positive difference. She brings professionalism, respect, creativity, integrity, energy, and heart to her work.


  • Curriculum design and implementation
  • Growing leadership capabilities through mentoring leaders and aspiring leaders
  • Designing and facilitating professional learning experiences that generate sustained positive results for kaiako, teams and leaders
  • Cultural competence - exploring and developing ways of engaging with and listening to others to build deeper connections and support culturally responsive teaching
  • Social justice and inclusive pedagogy
  • Designing and creating peaceful, playful and respectful environments
  • Depth of experience in supporting kaiako and teams with appraisal, internal evaluation and assessment

Conference presentations, seminars and workshops

  • 2018 - He poutama whakapakari o te hautūtanga. Exploring and growing leadership. Kidsfirst Kindergartens. “Leading with Heart”
  • 2013 - The Gathering. “Intentional and reflective teaching and learning – the philosophy of “Āta”

Personal statement

Te tāpaepae o te rangi.

This whakatauki speaks of looking to the place where the sky reaches down, seeking out the furthest horizon. This whakatauki guides me in my work, thinking and commitment to ongoing learning. It also speaks to me about the way I work with others in collaborative and inclusive ways to seek out these horizons together.

My ways of being are based on whanaungatanga, creating authentic, sincere relationships, arohatanga, manaakitanga, valuing diversity, and being an advocate for social justice and inclusion.

I am part of a close-knit, large whānau. I am constantly learning and gaining wisdom from the life experiences that being part of a large family offers.