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Angela Clemens

Regional PLD Manager


2014 Prince2 Practitioner Certificate
2010 MEd (Leadership) - Waikato University
1995 Dipolma of Teaching (Secondary) - Palmerston North College of Education
1991 BCom - University of Canterbury

Contact details


P: 0800 267 300

M: 027 208 8803

Region: Auckland

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Angela Clemens 2021 FS

Professional profile

Angela has 17 years of experience as a secondary school teacher of Japanese and financial capability. Prior to joining CORE I/Angela was Education Manager at the Commission for Financial Capability, where she managed the Sorted Schools programme of work, and collaborated across government and the education sector to support schools to integrate financial capability in school curriculum. This included acting as an advisory member for NZQA’s review of the financial capability unit standards, and MBIE’s creation of new school supports on consumer protection. For 3 years she represented New Zealand as a working party member of the OECD’s International Network on Financial Education on core competencies, to co-write their youth and adult frameworks.
Angela has been senior advisor in curriculum, teaching and learning at the Ministry of Education, with responsibility for the financial capability and science education portfolios. Her passion for international languages provided opportunity to contribute to the Ministry of Education’s exploratory study: Measuring NZ students’ international capabilities (NZCER, 2013).
Most recently she enjoyed providing project management support and implementation of PB4L in the primary school setting.


  • Curriculum design, policy and operational management: Use of design process and evidence-based research to for development of curriculum support and resources. Broad knowledge of the New Zealand Curriculum, with specialist knowledge of Japanese and Financial Capability.
  • Collaboration and collective impact approaches: Building collaborative capacity; developing trusting relationships to support effective change management journeys.
  • Leadership and change management: Planning for, implementing and supporting school policy and classroom level changes in pedagogy and practice.
  • Project management: Strategic and operational planning, implementation and reporting; Prince2 practitioner.
  • Cultural and communication competencies: Second language speaker of Japanese, participant in Te Kotahitanga professional learning for culturally inclusive practices in secondary schooling.
  • Contributed to Ministry of Education’s exploratory study: Measuring NZ students’ international capabilities (NZCER, 2013).


Contributing writer for OECD/INFE Core Competencies Framework on Financial Literacy for Youth (2015) and for Adults (2016).

Conference presentations, seminars and workshops

Education Leaders Forum 2016 – Building Financial Capability (Auckland)
OECD – International Network for Financial Education: Technical Committee and working party presentations, various (2014 – 2016).


Recipient of PPTA Study Award in 2010

Personal statement

I am a self-confessed curriculum geek, with an excellent nose for HB chardonnay.  I love well-designed curriculum solutions, created in collaboration and respectful of cultural and community diversities. I am proud to call the best little country in the world home.  I consider it a privilege and am inspired to work with others to  “Take care of the children, take care of what they hear, take care of what they see, take care of what they feel. For how the children grow, so will be the shape of Aotearoa” (Dame Whina Cooper).