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.