About Us

Dyslexia impacts more than learning to read and write. It can have a wide-ranging impact on physical, behavioural and emotional wellbeing.

But if those who are struggling with language-based learning differences such as dyslexia are supported at the very earliest opportunity - with the right research and evidence-based interventions - well, they’ll have the opportunity to flourish.

And like everyone else, they’ll be able to fulfill their greatest potential.

Our Point Of Difference

Learning Matters is an evidence-based specialist education service. We are not a tutoring service. Our services are available during the school day to make the most of optimum learning times. 

Our philosophy is based on bridging the gap between neuroscience and education. We are your one stop shop for creating the alignment of evidence-based support for your child and students. Providing consultancy, resources and specialist support is our gig. We understand the complexities of how schools operate. We position ourselves to work alongside you to ensure successful teaching and learning takes place for your child and or your students. 

We’re a passionate, professional body of educators. Being an approved institution of the New Zealand Teaching Council means our level of expertise and appraisal systems are second to none. We provide gold standard services in learning support for students who present with dyslexia and other literacy and mathematics learning differences. 

Our point of difference also lies in the professional learning we deliver to parents and teachers, such as Is it dyslexia? We help schools to build knowledge, expertise and pedagogy towards early identification and intervention of language-based learning differences such as dyslexia. We are committed to influencing evidence-based change in education for the better. Are you with us?

The Team

We are passionate, professionals dedicated to ongoing learning. We are committed to making a difference for you and your child and or students. 

Carla McNeil
Carla McNeil

Founder Managing Director, Consultant

Tracy Findlay
Tracy Findlay

Educator Manager, Waikato

Kushla Cunningham-Jackson
Kushla Cunningham-Jackson

Administration Manager

Kirsty Parkes
Kirsty Parkes

Resource Development, Educator, Waikato

Nicki Ward
Nicki Ward

Learning Matters Administrator

Frances Spooner
Frances Spooner

Financial/ iDeaL Administrator

Louise Payne
Louise Payne

iDeaL Development Administrator

Saige Wallace
Saige Wallace

Resource Distributor

Laura Coleman
Laura Coleman

Educator, Waikato

Tiana Connolly
Tiana Connolly

Educator, Waikato

Annette Barnett
Annette Barnett

Educator, Tauranga

Heather Down
Heather Down

Educator, Tauranga

Marion Kirby
Marion Kirby

Educator, Tauranga

Rachel VanSant
Rachel VanSant

Educator, Waikato

Brenda Walker
Brenda Walker

Educator, Waikato

Tracy Aldridge
Tracy Aldridge

Educator, Hamilton

Nicky Greenslade
Nicky Greenslade

Educator, Christchurch

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