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Catherine Frost

Accredited Facilitator (English-medium)


2016 M.Ed (Hons) University of Canterbury
1995 B.Ed (Hons) Sheffield Hallam University

Contact details


P: 0800 267 300

M: 027 631 5323

Accreditation Number: ACC 887

Region: Canterbury

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Professional profile

Catherine’s expertise is in supporting schools and kāhui ako to create meaningful and measurable change through effective strategies. 

Her career in education spans almost 30 years, where she has used an equitable design theory approach; identifying needs and problems, then designing and implementing a strategy to bring about the required changes. 

She has taught in two different countries in a range of leadership and school and regional strategic development roles.

Catherine’s strategic outcomes focussed leadership has achieved success in creating cross-sector collaboration to develop seamless transition and unpack progression 'black-boxes'. Within a relatively short timeframe these change action theories result in increased student achievement up to NZC level 8, and more importantly increase student enjoyment, engagement and well-being. 

Catherine’s passion lies in the ability to connect learning across traditional sectors and levels, utilising and building on each student’s talents and human instinct to be creative and innovative as they learn how to intervene respectfully in their environment. These skills and learning experiences in turn, enable them to understand and create themselves and their futures as adults. 



Proven change leadership through strategic actions;

  • Strategic visioning, design, planning and policy development - assisting schools, groups and communities to develop transformational strategies; proven results in developing effective plans, procedures and policies that lift engagement, achievement and retention.
  • Whole-school, faculty/team review and development - using a range of strategies and tailored processes to enable school leaders to lead change in their schools.
  • Future-focused education - building a vision with each school/kura of what education in and for the future, looks like for them.
  • Modern learning spaces and practice - from a navigation perspective, exploring the principles and practices of spaces and effective pedagogies for modern learning.
  • In-depth Aotearoa equitable curricula expertise - New Zealand Curriculum knowledge and developing knowledge of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa intent and principles.
  • Content development - as specialist curriculum content creator supporting kaiako nationally via Technology online, simplifying resources to be useful and accessible.
  • Curriculum change 
    • For communities and  whānau; connecting a culture in partnership, that reflects who they are and what is important to them.
    • Utilising local expertise and opportunities to develop shared responsibility for education.
    • For kaiako; proven strategies that lift teacher confidence, understanding and capability to develop future focused, sustainable pedagogies for themselves and deliver this in the classroom.
    • Understanding how to support learner capabilities, enable progression by understanding what learning at each level looks like. 
    • For students; experiencing learning progression as an individual in an ‘additive’ te ao mārama environment with design capability as the foundation.
    • Seamless transitions across regions and sectors where success is built on, with the desired outcome of every learner’s best self being demonstrated in their senior secondary years/NCEA.

Professional body membership

  • Canterbury Technology Advisory Board (Year 7 and 8) Deputy Chair
  • Past Deputy Chair Technology Education New Zealand (TENZ)


Conference presentations, seminars and workshops

  • (2018 & 2019) Presenter of Digital Technologies curriculum integration workshops and exhibitor at ULearn Auckland and Rotorua, & TENZ Auckland conferences
  • (2017) Presented research workshop & Mind Lab workshops ULearn Hamilton
  • (2017) Presented workshops and exhibitor Interface Expo Blenheim workshops Robotics, physical computing and Curriculum Design
  • (2013) TESACC (Technology Education Subject Association Community Council) Presentation of workshop “Bridging the Divide - How to connect the Year 7 to 10 curriculum”
  • (2009) E.T.I.T.O (Electronics Technology Industry Trades Organisation) Conference Committee member at St. Margaret’s College

Awards, fellowships and scholarships

  • 2015 TeachNZ study award
  • 2012 Microsoft Innovative Teacher of the Year finalist.

Personal statement

I believe that each young person has the potential to do anything, and that the purpose of schooling is to create the society we desire through the talents and identity of each person.

I believe that the purpose of the education systems is to seek out that which is unknowingly there, to grow the understanding of self, and a deep respect of the world around us, so that each young person becomes an adult in Aotearoa who is a confident, connected, lifelong learner, creating the highest quality sustainable social, cultural, economic, and environmental future for our country.