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I’m a Raglan Roast coffee fiend, president of the unofficial Steve Irwin fan-club, and, I’ve got the best job in the world!

I get to work with new, existing and aspiring leaders, and support them to create a team culture in their schools that is so incredible to be a part of, that staff can’t help but love going to work each day!

I know what it is like to build a culture of coaching and collaboration from the ground up. I did it for five years as a foundation staff member at Endeavour School; Hamilton’s first purpose built ILE.

Rapid roll growth? I’ve been there.

Transitioning a huge number of new staff? I’ve done it.

Weathering the Form- Storm- Norm- Perform process over and over again? I’ve got the t-shirt!

With a wide range of different roles over the past 10 years of my teaching career, both in schools and at Kāhui Ako level, I’ve developed a serious passion for middle leadership. I know exactly what it is like to balance the demands of a full-time teaching load, as well as a leadership responsibility. I know how to build and sustain an incredible team culture. I know how to take what’s discussed at the leaders table and get it done at the coal-face. I also know how to support and empower other leaders to be able to navigate their way through their challenges, and have done so as an Across School Teacher in Te Pae Here Kāhui Ako since 2018.

When I read the Education Council’s Leadership Strategy, I knew that I had something important to share with teachers and school leaders across New Zealand. Bringing together my expertise in coaching and collaboration; Coaching CoLab was born! I’m thrilled to be able to bring my unique brand of creativity, enthusiasm and empathy to the PLD facilitation space.