Hi, my name is Diana Kilbride and I am a specialist educator at Learning Matters.
I live on a dairy farm in Cambridge with my husband and 3 teenage children. My weekend activities often involve some cycling, tramping or outdoor event and I enjoy playing regular tennis in a local competition.
I’ve been involved in education for 18 years working as a full-time teacher in 3 different primary schools and had part-time roles in Reading Recovery and as a SENCO worker with both extension students and students with high needs. Over this time, I’ve developed a growing interest in all aspects of literacy and have become more drawn towards understanding and helping those students with learning differences. Prior to teaching, I worked as a child protection social worker in New Zealand, Australia and England.
I have been with Learning Matters for nearly 2 years now (after training in the Multi-Structured Literacy) and currently work 3 days in the Cambridge office and 1 day at Southwell School in Hamilton. I have enjoyed extending my professional knowledge around dyslexia, phonology and morphology.
The main reason I enjoy this job is that I get to work every day with many talented, creative, hardworking students and I get to help make a difference in their learning in all areas of literacy. It’s also so positive to be working alongside such talented educators.
Registered Teacher – NZ Education Council