Passionate About Lifting Literacy Outcomes in New Zealand.

We’re a professional team of educators and administrators that is passionate about lifting literacy outcomes in New Zealand.

Being an approved institution of the New Zealand Teaching Council means our level of expertise and appraisal systems are second to none.

Learning MATTERS Executive Team

Rachael Griffin
Greg McNeil

Chief Executive Officer

Carla McNeil
Carla McNeil

General Manager

Tracy Findlay
Tracy Findlay

Learning MATTERS Intervention Teaching Certification (LMIT) Manager

Louise Payne
Louise Payne

iDeaL Development Manager

Fiona Wilder - Consultancy Manager
Fiona Wilder

Consultancy Manager

Rachael Griffin
Rachael Griffin

Marketing and Communications

Learning MATTERS Consultants

An approved organisation on the Ministry of Education Professional Learning and Development panel means the Learning MATTERS’ consultancy team is able to provide funded, regionally allocated professional learning and development (PLD) services to schools, kura, Kāhui Ako and clusters in Assessment for Learning and Local Curriculum Design

Pam Weir - Learning MATTERS Consultant - Northland Region
Pam Weir

Learning MATTERS Consultant

- Northland Region

Pam’s professional background spans nearly three decades in education. Her primary focus has been within the middle and junior school levels. Throughout Pam’s journey, she has remained steadfast as a dedicated and passionate educator.

Bethany Donnell - Learning MATTERS Consultant - Auckland Region
Bethany Donnell

Learning MATTERS Consultant

- Auckland Region

Bethany has spent the last five years working in Auckland as a Within-School Kāhui Ako Leader, Digital Technologies Curriculum Leader, and Team Leader. She's seen the profound impact that a Structured Literacy approach has on all students.

Paula Hastings - Learning MATTERS Consultant - Waikato Region
Paula Hastings

Learning MATTERS Consultant

- Waikato Region

Paula has more than 25 years of experience, including Principal and Assistant Principal positions in the Waikato Region. Paula’s interest in Structured Literacy began while working on her Master of Education.

Marion Kirby
Marion Kirby

Learning MATTERS Consultant

- Bay of Plenty Region

Marion has been engaged in various aspects of education for more than twenty-five years. She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Education  from Massey University and is MSL (Multi-sensory Structured Language) trained through ISMLE Australia. 

Fiona Wilder
Fiona Wilder

Learning MATTERS Consultant

- Hawke's Bay Region

Fiona has experience as a classroom teacher, Lead of Literacy, and Deputy Principal. She has predominantly worked in the junior school area but has experience in teaching across all year levels. 

Jill Symonds - Learning MATTERS Consultant- Wellington Region
Jill Symonds

Learning MATTERS Consultant

- Wellington Region

With more than 30 years of primary education experience including syndicate team leader, Assistant Principal, Deputy Principal and Literacy leader, Jill has a passion for literacy and improving learning outcomes for all learners.

Ruth Blair - Learning MATTERS Consultant- Southland, Otago and Canterbury  Regions
Ruth Blair

Learning MATTERS Consultant

- Southland, Otago and Canterbury Regions

Ruth has more than 20 years of experience teaching years 1 – 8 in New Zealand and overseas. Ruth worked as an intervention teacher, SENCo and SPELD tutor in Central Southland.

Darnelle Darlison - Learning MATTERS Consultant - Southland, Otago and Canterbury  Regions
Darnelle Darlison

Learning MATTERS Consultant

- Southland, Otago and Canterbury Regions

With a career in education spanning more than 20 years including teaching overseas and across a variety of year levels. Darnelle has previous experience in management roles as a Deputy Principal and Syndicate Leader.

Learning MATTERS Administration Team

Nicki Ward
Leanne Jones

Events and Resource Co-ordinator

Frances Spooner
Corina Hamilton

Financial Controller

Melissa Gower - iDeaL Administrator
Melissa Gower

iDeaL Administrator

Dee Jellie - Education Administrator
Dee Jellie

Education Administrator

Gaelene Goodwin - iDeaL Support Administrator
Gaelene Goodwin

iDeaL Support Administrator

Samantha Edlin-Burke - Marketing and Administration Support
Samantha Edlin-Burke

Marketing and Administration Support

Helen Tangata - iDeaL Content Creator
Helen Tangata

iDeaL Content Creator

Rachael Griffin
Lynley Crawford

Office Manager

 

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