MEET THE TEAM

TROY

CAROLYN

TRACEY

KARYN

NICK

GEOFF

SAM

AMELIA

How can our team of Professional Development facilitators help you?

TROY

As the founder of Learning Developments, Troy is a Ministry of Education accredited Professional Learning Development Provider. Troy has experience in Primary, Secondary, Tertiary and Workplace training, as he is a registered and practising teacher.

Troy believes that there is great value in authentic, real-world, student lead, project-based learning. He works with Kura, Whanau, the community, and industry to co-construct meaningful lessons that represent the local curriculum.

EXPERIENCE

Troy worked as an automotive electronics technician for 4 years designing and installing performance electronics control systems and data loggers. He then worked as an ICT teacher, before becoming HOD and a Network Manager at Te Aroha College. Troy then became an Expert Educator for Microsoft, a Course Developer and Instruction Designer for Code Avengers, and a Digital Technology Teacher. He is now the Director at Learning Developments, where he delivers Professional Learning Development and mentoring to academic staff and students.

EDUCATION

Troy received a New Zealand Certificate in Electronics Engineering at Waikato Polytechnic. He then completed a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Electronics, and a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching at the University of Waikato. Finally, he received a Post Graduate Diploma in Technology Education at the University of Waikato in 2012.

CAROLYN

Carolyn is a highly experienced educator, bringing over 19 years of expertise to her profession. Her wealth of knowledge in leadership, education, business and design empower people and communities to become the authors of their own futures.

Carolyn has developed a human-centred design thinking framework that she uses to influence strategic, future-facing, inclusive change at a local, regional and system level. She believes that positive and inclusive futures can only emerge through collaboration and deliberate action.

 

EXPERIENCE

Carolyn began her career as an educator in 2000 as a Principal for 6 years. She then went on to work as a Seconded Principal for 1 year before returning to the Principal role for another 6 years. During this time, Carolyn also worked as the Project Director for ICTPD Clusters. She was a Board Member for Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand, before taking on the role as Deputy Chief Executive for Education at The Network For Learning Ltd. Carolyn is now the founder of Weaving Futures.

EDUCATION

Carolyn completed her Masters in Educational Leadership at the University of Tasmania.

PUBLICATIONS

Mackey, J., Davis, N., (2015): Extending innovative leadership to enable e-learning for better student outcomes in primary schools.

TRACEY

Tracey is a Ministry of Education Accredited Professional Learning Development Facilitator with over 15 years of teaching experience. She has a wealth of knowledge and a passion for her profession, focussing on engaging, enhancing and deepening learning using digital technologies to provide effective and engaging lessons.

Tracey believes that providing students with authentic opportunities for critical thinking are the key to blending technology effectively. She supports learners through strategic planning, workshops, and in class modelling, creating successful pedagogical change.

EXPERIENCE

Tracey began teaching in 2004, specialising in ESOL for 2 years. She then went on to focus on e-learning, developing a website and writing school wide blogs for literacy. Tracey founded Blend Learning NZ in 2013, working as an e-learning facilitator, consultant and educator. She has worked alongside principals and senior leadership to develop and execute successful strategies and projects in various New Zealand schools. She is also TESSOL qualified.

EDUCATION

Tracey first completed a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Marketing and International Business at the University of Auckland. She then went on to gain a postgraduate Diploma in Primary Teaching and a Certificate in Digital and Collaborative Learning, completing her studies in 2003.

KARYN

Karyn is an enthusiastic mathematics teacher who is currently writing her PhD thesis at Victoria University of Wellington. Her research focuses on the practise of Ako in mathematics teaching and learning.

Karyn has a particular interest in how teacher practice can improve achievement outcomes and wellbeing in mathematics, particularly for Māori students, culturally competent teacher practice, and making use of student voice in the classroom to guide teaching and learning actions.

EXPERIENCE

Karyn teaches mathematics in a co-educational State secondary school and is currently on study leave writing her thesis.

EDUCATION

Karyn has received a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Biochemistry and Genetics, as well as a Master of Science in Genetics and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching at a secondary school level. She is currently completing a PhD in Educational Policy.

PUBLICATIONS

Saunders, K. (26th November, 2018). Using ako-rich practice in a junior mathematics classroom: Promoting wellbeing through teacher relationships with students and whānau. New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE), Auckland.

 

Saunders, K., Averill, R., & McRae, H. (2018). “I can’t wait to get to maths”: Ako in mathematics teaching and learning. Set: Research Information for Teachers, 1, 11-18.

 

Averill, R., & Saunders, K. (2017). Lindsay Conner: Teaching as Inquiry, with a Focus on Priority Learners.

NICK

Nick brings over 20 years of international teaching experience to his role, specialising in science and STEM education. He is a Ministry of Education Accredited Professional Learning Development Facilitator and is passionate about working with educators to gain the most positive outcome for all by facilitating their progress and digital fluency.

Nick believes in a fresh approach to the development and implementation of curriculum programmes, with a mission to create engaging experiences for learners. He has a wealth of experience in providing Professional Development and Learning for staff, acknowledging the potential to build capacity in the areas of Science and STEM within schools.

EXPERIENCE

Nick began his teaching career in London, where he taught Physics at secondary schools for 3 years. He then moved to Auckland as the HOD for Junior Science and is now the HOD Science at Henderson High School. Nick also works as a Professional Learning Development Facilitator for Blend Learning NZ, specialising in Science and STEM.

EDUCATION

Nick attended the University of York in England where he gained of a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Physics. He received Honours for his degree and completed his studies in 1996.

GEOFF

Geoff has over 20 years of experience in digital technology, with a technical focus on web development, digital strategy and implementation, and facilitated client training. He is passionate about encouraging and supporting the integration of Digital Technology into schools’ curriculum.

Geoff understands the value of translating technical language into simple terms, as it helps to promote learners’ natural creativity and curiosity with their planning, teaching and learning. Geoff also runs after-school STEAM clubs for years 5-10, encouraging digital fluency in young learners.

EXPERIENCE

While pursuing his passion for performing arts, Geoff undertook a range of web developing and programming roles. These positions lead Geoff to become the founder two successful companies; TechLeap, an organisation that assists with the comprehension of exponential technologies, their impact, and how to adapt to rapid change; and Better World Digital, providing training and solutions with a focus on exponential technologies.

EDUCATION

Geoff completed 3 years of study at the New Zealand School of Music, previously known as Wellington Jazz School. He received his Music Diploma in 1996 and has since used his knowledge to teach classic piano for over 6 years and perform in numerous music groups and bands.

SAM

Sam is currently a registered and practising primary teacher. She is an enthusiastic and motivated team player, who is valued highly by her colleagues. With over 10 years of experience, Sam brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Learning Developments.

Sam believes in the teaching as inquiry model (TAI), and has excellent communication skills with children, colleagues and Whanau. She is a proud mother to three primary aged children, adding another dimension to her knowledge of teaching.

SPECIALISES IN:
  • Primary teaching
  • Numeracy, Literacy and ICT
  • Communication with students and colleagues

AMELIA

Amelia is the Chief Marketing Officer for Learning Developments. Bringing a passion for digital marketing and website design, Amelia’s objective is to effectively and efficiently manage Learning Developments' online presence. She is currently studying at the University of Waikato, completing her fourth and final year of a Bachelor of Management Studies in Marketing and Digital Business.

Amelia has constructed and maintained two websites in the past year, creating content and updating them to optimise SEO. She has had experience in creating social media posts for clients, as well as completing a social media audit and providing recommendations for future activity.

SPECIALISES IN:
  • Website Design and Content Creation
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Search Engine Optimisation

GET IN TOUCH

troy.smith@learningdevelopments.co.nz