Jo’s career has been dedicated to primary education where she fostered strong connections with ākonga, whānau, colleagues and support agencies. She has in-depth understanding and experience in teaching with the Primary sector, the New Zealand Curriculum, with strengths in Literacy, Mathematics, learning design, facilitation, mentoring and change management.
Prior to joining CORE Education, Jo spent over 20 years teaching in Primary and College settings, from Year 1 to Year 9. More recently, she was a Senior Leader (Deputy Principal) and classroom teacher at a contributing primary school in Dunedin. Jo has extensive experience working with ākonga and leading the Junior School Team, ensuring all learning was central to the students' needs and wellbeing.
During her teaching career, Jo held many curriculum responsibilities including Literacy and Mathematics. She spent several years teaching schoolwide to accelerate learning in Maths for children working below expected achievement trajectories. This involved postgraduate study in Mathematics Education, productive inquiry of programme design, development and teaching, with knowledge building on intervention strategies. This learning flowed into the wider school setting with Jo facilitating schoolwide development in teacher pedagogy and practice through an inquiry process.
Jo’s journey in Structured Literacy stems back to 2011, and since then, she has actively sought opportunities to read, trial and refine her knowledge and practice in Literacy. In 2020, Jo was part of a team establishing a Structured Literacy approach across a primary setting, with specific focus in junior years. The thirst to better meet the needs of all learners using a systematic, scientific-evidence based approach to literacy was the heart of the initiative.
- Change leadership
- Facilitation and mentoring
Conferences and presentations
‘Doing Things Differently to Engage At-Risk Learners’ (Otago Mathematics Symposium)
‘Less is More’ (Otago Mathematics Symposium)
‘Practice to Accelerate Learning in Mathematics (ALiM)’ (Guest presentation at ALiM Impact Day)
‘Rich Mathematics Task’ (as part of a subcluster within the Otepoti ki Te Raki - Kāhui Ako Dunedin)
‘Structured Literacy: Programme Design, Implementation and Resourcing’ (Duneding Resource Teachers of Literacy)
I have a passion for education, particularly in assisting all ākonga to realise and reach their potential. I have a strong sense of equity and I advocate for all children to succeed socially, emotionally and academically.