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Tessa Gray

Accredited Facilitator (English-medium)


1989 B.Ed. University of Waikato
1988 Dip.Tch. University of Waikato

Contact details


P: 0800 267 300

M: 021 337 529

Accreditation Number: ACC 267

Region: Bay of Plenty / Rotorua / Taupō

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Tessa Gray

Professional experience

Tessa is an online facilitator for Te Toi Tupu, Enabling e-Learning community groups and CORE community of practice. She predominantly works in e-learning and is better known for her blended/online facilitation and support of online community development. Tessa has been integral with the development of the e-Learning Planning Framework (eLPF), Enabling e-Learning (EEL) and Virtual Learning Network (VLN) community groups on behalf of the Ministry of Education.

Tessa is a dynamic facilitator passionate about inspiring dialogue around the best and most appropriate ways of promoting effective learning. Tessa regularly engages online in live virtual events and conversations, as well as in schools and at national conference events in the specialist areas of; online communities of practice, digital citizenship and e-learning professional learning and development (PLD) for teachers and school leaders.

Prior to joining CORE Education in January 2006, Tessa’s teaching experience spanned both New Zealand and inner-city London - as a classroom practitioner and specialist art teacher. Beyond the classroom, Tessa has supported New Zealand teachers as an Art Facilitator for the draft Arts Curriculum, Information Communication (ICT) Advisor for the University of Waikato, Information Communication Technologies Professional Development (ICT PD) National Facilitator and Learning with Digital Technologies (LwDT) Facilitator on behalf of the Ministry of Education.


Strategic leadership, and curriculum development

  • Experience with school planning, charter development, evaluation, review, change management, Treaty of Waitangi commitment.

  • Supports schools with change management, vision development, effective pedagogy, Key Competencies with e-learning lens.

  • Key writer of the e-Learning Planning Framework (eLPF)  to enable schools to self-review e-learning practices and capabilities to identify and target areas for improvement.

Digital fluency

  • Promotes discussions around digital citizenship practices for online safety.

  • Support schools to explore understandings around digital literacies, coding and digital fluency.

  • Support schools to integrate effective e-learning tools and pedagogies.

  • Engage and consult with whānau and community about digital citizenship.

Evaluative capability

  • Facilitates conversations around target groups of learners based on analysis of variety of qualitative and quantitative data inputs.

  • Scaffolds understanding and implementation around professional inquiry for on-going reflection and review of teaching and learning practices.

  • Uses frameworks (eLPF) to guide strategic direction and develop e-capabilities.

Online community development

  • Establishes and brokers connections between educators and professionals online.

  • Facilitates online learning opportunities that help to challenge and engage educators through research, theory, examples of affective practice in the Virtual Learning Network (VLN).

  • Models culturally responsive practice that acknowledges diverse world views in a bi-cultural partnership.

Multi-media publishing

  • Experience with website development (html), digital newsletters, graphic design, movie editing, simple coding.

  • Collected data and evidence to demonstrate professional learning and development (PLD) impact and change using a variety of digital tools, including infographics.

Conference presentations, keynotes, seminars, workshops

  • 2016: NZEI Rural & Teaching Principals Conference: Digital citizenship presentation

  • 2015: National Tertiary Learning and Teaching Conference: Symposium on blended methodologies for engaging learners (Te Toi Tupu)

  • 2015: Ulearn - Engaging in online professional learning networks

  • 2014 Ulearn - Digital citizenship in the classroom and home

  • 2014 Ulearn - Strategic direction and e-Learning Planning Framework


  • Gray, T. (2008) Art For the Future, Dominie Educational Supplies, Australia.

  • Gray, T. (2006) Art, Everywhere you Look, Dominie Educational Supplies, Australia.

  • Gray, T. (2004) Art Not Just Pictures, Dominie Educational Supplies, Australia.

  • Gray, T. (2003) Art, The Big Picture, Dominie Educational Supplies, Australia.

  • Gray, T. (2001) Computer Generated Art, Dominie Educational Supplies, Australia.

Personal statement

I am a Generation X baby. This means I love diversity, technology, multitasking, flexibility, freedom and I love to learn anyway I can. This is how I envision creating spaces and opportunities for others to learn along with me. In a new renaissance (rebirth) period where it’s more important than ever to define who we are humans in a digital age, and where global influences remind us what it means to be a bi-cultural New Zealand; I’m excited by the trends that are emerging in professional learning today - grassroots, community driven, school-based professional learning driven by ourselves where new technologies enable us to eliminate barriers of time and space to reflect on those things that matter most to us - equity and excellence in teaching and learning in Aotearoa.

When I’m not online, I enjoy spending quality time with my son, two stepchildren, partner and wider family in the sunny Bay Of Plenty.