Accredited Facilitator (English-medium)

Anne Kenneally


Master of Education (Leadership) – Australian Catholic University
Bachelor of Education – Dunedin College of Education

Professional profile

Anne is an experienced professional learning facilitator. For the past nine years, she has been working across Otago and Southland supporting leaders, teachers and learners in schools and kāhui ako. As an experienced educator and leader, Anne has a particular focus on and passion for teacher wellbeing, deep learning, mentoring and supporting leaders and educators to maximise their potential. She is also passionate about equitable access and removing ‘barriers to learning’ for students.

Anne is a mentor within the He Waka Unua mentoring programme, supporting leaders and educators.

Anne has a particular focus on students sharing their own stories of success. Anne was co-research partner on the Tamatea Teacher-Led Innovation Fund (TLIF). The research question was “What changes happen to current teacher-led practice when we give students ownership and agency by using narrative as an assessment-as-learning tool?". Anne is keen to support schools that want to explore opportunities for learners to be fully engaged in telling their own stories of success.

Anne has a background in primary teaching, and prior to joining CORE Education was a deputy principal in Otago.


Anne has the expertise, and successfully supports learning communities and clusters in the following areas:

Key competencies (including social and emotional learning)

Successfully supporting learning communities with:

  • Developing whole-school wellbeing programmes. In partnership with the NZIWR Anne has undergone intensive training and is accredited and available to work with you and your teams.
  • Anne will work with schools and teams to develop whole school wellbeing. This can include supporting the identification and use of strengths; positive emotions; gratitude; inclusion and belonging; and appreciative inquiry.
Leading for change

Successfully supporting learning communities to:

  • build capacity and capability that is sustainable
  • plan for, implement and support school and classroom level changes in pedagogy and practice
  • develop a culture of mentoring
  • support teams to meet an identified vision
  • undertake self-review, and implement change.
Community engagement

Successfully supporting learning communities with:

  • networking and connecting, and cross-pollination of innovation
  • engaging with their community to develop partnerships for learning
  • building collaborative capacity
  • developing trusting relationships to support effective change management journeys.
Literacy and communication / Digital fluency

Successfully supporting learning communities with:

  • developing of digital fluency and digital literacy across their school
  • increasing student engagement and achievement through the use of digital technologies
  • creating and implementing digital citizenship programmes.
Inclusive design

Successfully supporting learning communities with:

  • inclusive learning design and strategic planning
  • establishing reflective teacher and leadership inquiries
Mentoring and coaching
  • Mentoring leaders and teachers, in culturally responsive ways, to gain consensus, establish mutually agreed goals; then plan and implement effective improvement programmes.
  • Mentoring and coaching in face-to-face, online and in collaborative spaces.

Conference presentations, seminars and workshops

2014-21: Presenter at uLearn
2016: Northland Literacy Association – Making Literacy and Digital Technologies Shine
2015: Christchurch Cluster – Support learners as they use digital tools effectively within a balanced literacy programme

Personal statement

I am as passionate about improving the educational experience for all students in New Zealand, as I am about removing barriers to learning. I am equally passionate about educator wellbeing. It is a privilege to support educators through mentoring and coaching as they commit to inquiries and innovations to improve learning outcomes.

I am a connected educator, with an extensive professional learning network that supports and challenges me. I’m committed to facilitating and supporting educators to connect and problem solve. I enjoy supporting educators to effectively use digital technologies to engage and empower learners.

I am a fun-loving, enthusiastic, passionate, lifelong learner, living a mantra “if you learn, teach; if you get, give”. I use the term MAGIC frequently to share my passion for events and moments that are too special to remain ordinary! I love time with family and friends, meeting people, gardening, scrapbooking, photography, and travel.