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Jacky Young

Accredited Facilitator (English-medium)


2015 M.Ed. (Educational Leadership and Administration) started, Massey University
1978 Dip.Tch. Auckland Teachers’ College
1978 Dip. Phys.Ed. Auckland Teachers’ College
1978 B.A. Victoria University

Contact details


P: 0800 267 300

M: 027 536 9980

Accreditation Number: ACC 223

Region: Canterbury

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Jacky Young

Professional experience

Jacky joined CORE Education at the beginning of 2016 as a facilitator in the Learning with Digital Technologies (LwDT) Team. She has been a provider of tailored professional learning working collaboratively with senior leaders, e-leaders and staff in both primary and secondary schools. She is able to support schools in their leadership and management of change. She designs and co-constructs learning opportunities that are responsive to school needs for whole staff, smaller groups of staff and individual staff. She facilitates strategic development and implementation of that change, extending staff digital competencies and capabilities, and pedagogical strategies designed to deepen student engagement, learning and achievement. Jacky is involved in a number of CORE projects writing secondary level curriculum resources related to the Science area. She has also worked closely with schools as part of the Greater Christchurch Schools’ Network (GCSN) providing personalised learning programmes for staff as they improve their digital learning capacities to enhance the learning of their students. 

Jacky is an experienced educator with a background as a secondary school teacher, middle leader, pastoral leader and senior leader. Before joining CORE she was a proactive member of Aranui High School’s senior leadership team as deputy principal from 2003 to 2015, with several extended periods as principal. Her leadership portfolios included facilitating professional learning, student support and management, and day to day event management. As part of her senior leadership role she successfully led a school wide change project with the goal of managing student behaviour in a relational manner to improve learning. In 2014 she was granted a TeachNZ Senior Managers’ Sabbatical Award to investigate this area of change leadership.

Jacky’s depth of experience in teaching relates mainly to Science and Biology, facilitating learning for students from Year 7 up to Year 13. She was recognised for her ability to support learning for others when she was appointed for a year as a Science advisor for primary and secondary schools around the South Island. 


Jacky has expertise in the following areas:

Change leadership

Successfully supporting schools to:

  • build leadership capability and capacity through collaboration, using research and successful frameworks
  • support leadership of change within the school community
  • work collaboratively with school leaders, staff, students, whanau and community to improve learning outcomes for ākonga
  • align practice to school's vision, values and strategic intent
  • plan strategically for future-focused teaching and learning together with purposeful eLearning integration
  • facilitate appropriate professional learning opportunities with staff to improve instructional capability and leader learning to build evaluative capability for school improvement
  • consult and gather voice from all stakeholders.

Digital fluency

Successfully supporting schools to:

  • use the eLearning Planning frameworks to self-review eLearning practices and capabilities to identify and target areas for improvement
  • develop the processes and capabilities required to provide opportunities for all learners to become digitally literate and fluent
  • use best practice eLearning strategies to enable accessible, relevant and high quality, blended learning to improve learner engagement and achievement.
  • develop strategic plans to embed the use of digital technologies across the curriculum
  • use a range of different strategies to become competent and confident users of a range of digital technologies
  • use best practice to inform and transform learning using digital technologies
  • become involved in personal learning networks to enhance their professional practice.

Evaluative capability 

Successfully supporting schools to:

  • interpret and make sense of quantitative and qualitative data to to inform practice, evaluate progress, and target interventions and achievement with a focus on priority learners
  • use achievement data to inform curriculum design, delivery and assessment regimes
  • develop school-wide self-review processes to effect school improvement and accountability.

Curriculum Design

  • Design of secondary level science focussed resources responsive to specific needs.

Conference presentations, workshops

  • 2013: Positive Behaviour for Learning — National Conference
  • 2015: Google Apps for Learning (GAFE) – Te Tihi o Te Mātauranga mini-conference, Aranui cluster
  • 2016: CORE professional learning workshops - Problem Based learning (PBL), Creating Time to Lead with Google.


  • 2014: TeachNZ Senior Managers’ Sabbatical


Personal statement

Teaching and learning have been my lifelong passions, and will continue to be so. I enjoy the creativity, the energy and excitement that come with learning and applying new skills and in seeing the potential of what could be. I enjoy imparting that passion and a sense of fun with learning to others and seeing that ‘lightbulb’ moment when a learner has just ‘got it’, and what that could mean to them. I am passionate about improving the learning experiences of all students and that the use of digital tools and strategies increase student engagement in their learning. 

I strongly believe that you are never too old to learn, and never too young to teach. “When you stop learning, you stop living” (Alan McDairmid, NZ recipient of Nobel Peace Prize, 2001, a variation on a quote by Albert Einstein).