Bek loves teaching and learning! She always has, and always will! After 16 years in the classroom, she is now working full time as an Education Facilitator working with Kāhui Ako and schools to help them in their journey to empower their learners with agency; engage their learners in deep thinking and inquiry; and excite their learners in a personalised, future focused programme and space. Bek regularly facilitate courses, staff meetings and teacher only days and a key part of her work is coaching teachers individually and in collaborative teams. Bek prides herself on providing relevant, practical ideas so teachers can create students who love learning, and have the dispositions, skills, knowledge and understanding to thrive in tomorrow’s world.
Highlights of Bek's career so far include the following:
- Awarded the Haben’s Prize for Excellence in Education - University of Canterbury
- Being one of four recipients of the NEITA Regional Excellence in Teaching Award
- ‘Cluster Facilitator' for 4 years with 10 schools focused on thinking & inquiry
- Presenter at 2 International Conferences on Thinking - in Kuala Lumpur and Belfast which included being part of a keynote presentation
- Achieved both the "Certified Coach" & "Accredited Teacher of Critical and Creative Thinking Skills” Awards through the National Centre for Teaching Thinking USA.
As an experienced and respected past principal, mathematics advisor, classroom teacher and parent of a Dyslexic teenager, Carla McNeil has not only asked herself “what can I do for these students?” She now knows why, how and what this looks like. A thought leader in the implementation of evidence based teaching and learning for dyslexic and dyscalculic students. Leading schools strategically to achieve excellence and equity for all is what Carla does and does well.
Carla has extensive knowledge and experience in the implementation of evidence-based approaches and in facilitating through transformational change in the education system. Receiving acknowledgment from the Minister of Education, presenting at various conferences both in New Zealand and Australia, attending the International Dyslexia Association conference, and gaining approval as an approved institution by the New Zealand Education Council, are a handful of her recent highlights.
Learning Matters Ltd vision is to grow and influence the Awareness, Understanding, Empathy and evidence-based Actions for all stakeholders. Described by many as being “Inspirational, Empowering, Motivational and Knowledgeable.” Carla is the ideal thought leader to work alongside you and your team.
Catherine has over 20 years experience as a Speech and Language Therapist and has specialised in the topic of oral language. She is the founder and clinician at CatherineTalks.com, a specialist speech language therapy service for helping children talk and helping teachers to help children talk and think. She also works for the Nelson Tasman Kindergarten Association to ensure early childhood programmes are delivered with evidenced based speech language expertise. She is a frequent guest speaker on the topic of oral language and has written for the local newspaper to promote communication and education in the community.
Dr Cheryl Doig is a leadership futurist who sees exponential technologies as an opportunity to amplify human characteristics. She loves challenging organisations to think differently in order to adapt to a rapidly changing and complex world.
Cheryl has a diverse background underpinned by learning and leadership. She sees things as systems and networks and consequently is more likely to introduce you to ideas outside your own silo or industry.
Cheryl’s strengths lie in adaptive leadership, design thinking, exponential change and complexity. She considers herself a social activist with the ability to drive collective impact using her innate ability to build networks.
Debbie Garea is the Fundamental Movement Skills Advisor at Sport Bay of Plenty. She oversees the GO4it Programme in 40 Schools in the Bay of Plenty. Previous to this she was a Lecturer at the Department of Sport, Unitec in Auckland where she taught papers in human development, sport coaching, leadership and skill acquisition. Debbie has presented at the World Physical Education Conference in Finland and a number of NZ Physical Education Conferences, both in the area of fundamental movement skills, teaching games for understanding and leadership for primary school students. Debbie has written the year 5-8 Olympic and Commonwealth Games resources with another colleague for the NZOC. Debbie has a 6 year old daughter at Mount Maunganui Primary school and much of her learnings have derived from taking a year of Junior Physical Education Sessions at this school. In her spare time she plays Prem Womens tennis and has a number of senior tennis titles in the Bay of Plenty.
Fia is a diversity and inclusion specialist; engaging facilitator and an exceptional event manager. Most recently in her role as Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Diversity Works New Zealand, she delivered national presentations on unconscious bias, gender equity, youth enablement and cultural responsiveness.
Of Samoan heritage, born and raised in Ranui, West Auckland, she is a trained secondary school teacher with experience in the public and not-for-profit sector. Having mentored many young women she continues to work closely with a number of community organisations.
Helen Vivienne Fletcher is a children’s and young adult author, spoken word poet and award-winning playwright. She has written numerous titles for young people, including Broken Silence which was a finalist in the Ngaio Marsh Best First Book Award. She discovered her passion for writing for young people while working as a youth support worker, and now helps young people find their own passion for storytelling through her business, Brain Bunny Workshops: Creative Writing Classes for Children. She also teaches adults who wish to write for children through the Wellington High School Community Education programme. Overall Helen just loves telling stories and is always excited when people want to read or hear them.
James Driver is a registered psychotherapist working in Christchurch. He has a special interest in understanding and treating problems arising from technology use and overuse including gaming and social media, and his master's research focused on the experiences of people who have received treatment for gaming addiction. In addition to operating a small private practice, James frequently delivers seminars and clinical training sessions on managing gaming and technology addictions and has over ten years' experience as a trainer/facilitator.
Jo is a dynamic educationalist who, after 25 years as a literacy teacher, facilitator and mentor to hundreds of teachers, parents and children, continues to believe that with explicit teaching and an unfailing belief in the child, all children can achieve success in literacy. Her literacy roles have included facilitating reading recovery programmes, Resource Teacher of Reading, and currently Resource Teacher: Literacy. Jo has delivered Literacy based Professional Learning Development to teachers, parents, teacher-aides, Learning Support groups, schools engaged in EHSAS and Resource Teachers: Learning and Behaviour. To her credit, she was granted a scholarship in 2014 in order to complete her Masters in Education which she gained with first class honours. Jo has represented the NZRTLit Association as National President and has also been a member of the Tauranga Moana Literacy Association as President. Jo continues to work beyond parameters set by job descriptions and is always seeking the change that will make a difference.
Kathryn Berkett has dedicated 22 years of her education and career to helping children and youth who are the victims of extreme trauma. Holding a Masters in Educational Psychology and certification as a Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics Practitioner, Kathryn now uses her experience to train others and to develop interventions that assist reparation of the physical and psychological aspects of the brain that have been damaged. Knowing that trauma can produce emotional, behavioural and physical outcomes, she is passionate about sharing this information to as many sectors as possible. She trains and works with national and international organizations such as Police, Schools, Parents, Sports Teams, Mental Health Professionals and Corporate Offices. Through helping others to better understand Neuroscience, Kathryn is able to guide them in learning more about themselves and others, which not only leads to being more aware and in control of their own actions, it also builds the crucial attribute of resilience that we all need to live in a connected, healthy, community. Outside of her career, Kathryn raises her two adolescent children – something that reminds her every day that this information is real and extremely useful, but that we also remain fallible humans, no matter how much knowledge we have!