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Gemma Stewart

Accredited Facilitator (English-medium and Māori-medium)


2016 M. Ed, University of Canterbury
2010 P.G.Dip. (Bilingual Education) University of Canterbury
2007 P.G.Dip (Education) New Zealand Graduate School of Education
2006 Bachelor of Recreation Management / Community Recreation, Lincoln University

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P: 0800 267 300

M: 021 479 893

Accreditation Number: ACC 218

Region: Canterbury

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Professional profile

Gemma has worked in a range of different contexts since joining CORE Education at the beginning of 2014. Predominantly her work has been within the Learning with Digital Technologies contract where she has facilitated leaders and teachers in how to use digital technologies to promote learning in literacy and numeracy and to enhance innovative learning practices. Gemma has worked in both English-medium and Māori-medium settings.

Gemma leads two Te Reo Māori programmes: Te Reo Puāwai and Te Reo Manahua. Through these programmes she mentors teachers and leaders nationwide to increase their confidence in te reo Māori and how to naturally integrate the use of te reo in their spaces. These programmes are delivered primarily online with some face-to-face aspects, participants not only gain a greater understanding of te reo Māori and tikanga but also are challenged to learn about a range of digital technology tools that can be applied throughout all curriculum areas.

Gemma is currently working with colleagues in supporting leaders to form Communities of Learners. Gemma supports individuals and groups through change so that they feel valued and that their voice is recognised and heard. 

Prior to joining CORE Education Gemma taught at Tuahiwi Kura. There she was head of EOTC and the teacher representative on the Board of Trustees. She tutored kapahaka and was an active member of the local community. Gemma supports her Kāi Tahu iwi and has a keen interest in te reo Māori development.


Gemma has expertise in the following areas:

Culturally responsive and bicultural practice

Successfully supporting learning communities and schools to: 

  • conduct a cultural audit of their current practices
  • empower schools and kura to use the voice of tamariki and whānau and local iwi to inform future decisions
  • improve te reo Māori pronunciation and use for all
  • use technology to support teachers and tamariki in learning and using te reo Māori in their spaces.

Digital fluency (English and Māori-medium)

Successfully supported learning communities schools to:

  • use the eLearning Planning frameworks (English and Maori-medium) to self-review elearning practices and capabilities to identify and target areas for improvement
  • increase student engagement and achievement through the use of digital technologies.
  • Promote positive digital citizenship practices for learners, whānau and teachers.

Change leadership

Successfully supported learning communities and schools to:

  • redevelop schools/clusters vision, values and personalised curriculum
  • support leaders and teachers through the change process by mentoring
  • develop growth mind frames for positive change
  • establish meaningful relationships with whānau and local iwi to support the re-design of school curriculum so that it better reflects local history, reo and tikanga.

Future-focused education 

Successfully supported learning communities and schools to:

  • consider the needs of their learners, whānau and teachers to set future focussed goals
  • break the mould of how things have been done in the past and redesign their practice for maximum effect.

Conference presentations, seminars and workshops

  • 2016: uLearn Creating a Te(ch) Reo Rich Classroom
  • 2015: uLearn Te Reo Māori in any Classroom
  • 2015: University of Canterbury – Promoting Te Reo Māori and Technology in your classroom
  • 2015: GAFE Summit – How to use google sheets for planning

Personal statement

I am passionate about helping to create the best possible experiences for all our tamariki and teachers. I believe that all of our learners; tamariki, whānau, teachers and leaders, have the potential to succeed when they are supported and challenged to reach their goals. 

I am dedicated to creating an education system that enhances the unique identity of our Māori culture for the benefit of everyone in Aotearoa. 

I believe that collaboration amongst all educators, using the tools available to us and keeping the needs of our tamariki at the centre of everything we do are the keys to success.

"Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei – For us and our children after us"