Accredited Facilitator (English-medium)
Speld Certificate in Specific Learning Differences
Postgraduate Certificate in Education – London University
Bachelor of Science (Geography) – Kingston University
I am a teacher and neurodiversity education specialist and have worked in this field for the past fifteen years. I established a successful, nationally recognised, neurodiversity education programme at Kāpiti College and now work as an Educational Consultant through my company Sharpe Minds.
I have run professional development throughout the country within the education sector, from primary through to tertiary education. I have also worked with industry training organisations, and additionally, for the Dept of Corrections. Through my work with Te Kura Kaupapa Māori ō Tainui Kāhui Ako, Waikato and Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Rito, Otaki, some of my resources are now available in Te Reo Māori. In addition, they are also becoming available in Tongan through my work with Oamaru Intermediate School.
My goal is to enable educators to acknowledge and champion neurodiversity; to identify those who may be dyslexic, dyspraxic, dysgraphic or dyscalculic; to provide individualised support; and to implement appropriate resources and teaching strategies. I focus on a holistic, strengths-based approach to learning, thus enabling individuals to achieve the greatest possible success.
I have worked in education since 1985 in the UK and New Zealand. I am Speld NZ qualified, and became a Dyslexia Specialist Tutor, joining Kāpiti College in 2008. The neurodiverse friendly practices now embedded at Kāpiti College have gained nationwide recognition for their effectiveness in producing improved levels of emotional wellbeing and high levels of academic success.
I have presented at workshops, conferences and symposiums throughout the country and have led teacher professional development in schools, colleges and other institutions. Together with my neurodiverse learners, I have made a documentary, and have hosted members of the Education and Science Select Committee. Close professional collaboration with organisations and experts, both in New Zealand and overseas, allows me to keep abreast of current research and best practice.