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Ngaire Shepherd-Wills

Regional PLD Manager and Accredited Facilitator (English-medium)


1998 B.Ed - Massey University
1997 Dip.Tch. - Massey University

Contact details


P: 0800 267 300

M: 021 166 0158

Accreditation Number: ACC 246

Region: Canterbury

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Professional profile

Ngaire has worked for CORE Education since 2015. She works alongside educators to reimagine possibilities for teaching and learning. Ngaire supports them to develop and extend their practices in innovative ways. Ngaire has particular strengths in e-learning, creating innovative learning environments, implementing modern learning pedagogies and developing collaborative teaching practice. She is passionate about keeping learners at the centre of change and supports teachers to develop learner agency and to use learner voice to increase engagement.

Ngaire has also been extensively involved in the Grow Waitaha programme, providing tailored professional learning to schools involved in the rebuild or redevelopment of their teaching and learning spaces, developing communities of practice, and creating supporting resources for the programme.

Ngaire is a highly experienced classroom teacher and middle leader, having taught all primary year levels in a range of local and international settings. She has held team leader roles in large schools and been an ICT co-ordinator, inquiry lead teacher and curriculum lead teacher.


Ngaire has expertise in the following areas: 


Successfully supporting learning communities to:

  • develop a shared vision for teaching and learning, involving whānau, communities and learners
  • transform teaching and learning through the development of collaborative teaching practices
  • develop effective systems to support collaboration
  • unpack what authentic collaboration looks like in their context.

Curriculum design

Successfully supporting learning communities to:

  • review their local curriculum to ensure it meets the needs of their students
  • develop coherent pathways of learning across the learning community
  • plan and implement learning through play approaches
  • design a local curriculum with a focus on place based, authentic learning opportunities.

Future-focused education

Successfully supporting learning communities to:

  • evaluate, refine and innovate current practices using teaching as inquiry models as evidence-based support
  • rethink spaces to create learning environments that allow for flexibility, collaboration and innovation
  • involve learners in the creation of personalised learning pathways
  • plan, implement and manage change strategically.

Evaluative capability

Successfully supporting learning communities to:

  • identify target students from analysis of achievement data
  • collect and analyse qualitative and quantitative data about students from multiple sources
  • help schools develop an evidence seeking mindset to inform change and develop priorities.

Digital fluency

Successfully supporting learning communities to:

  • enable teachers and learners to become digitally literate and to think digitally
  • use technologies creatively to develop collaboration, personalisation, community and learner engagement.

Conference presentations, keynotes, seminars, workshops

2018: uLearn18 conference presenter

2017-18: NPDL Deep Learning Lab presenter

2016: uLearn16 conference presenter

2015-18: CORE Workshops focused on collaboration, innovative learning practice and wellbeing

Awards, fellowships and scholarships

2013: TeachNZ primary sabbatical award

Professional memberships

Learning Environments New Zealand

Personal statement

As an educator and mum to two primary school age children, I love watching their natural curiosity and how they investigate the world around them. In my work with educators, I want to empower them to support learners to create their own learning pathways. I believe that learners should be following their passions, making global connections and collaborating in order to prepare for an exciting future. Harnessing the power of technology opens so many doors for us and connects us in ways that we couldn’t previously imagine, allowing us to discover the world.

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