- Accredited facilitator for MoE-funded PLD - See Summary of practice
- CoL Expert Partner
Wendy consults with schools to develop their assessment for learning and leadership capabilities, under the Leadership and Assessment contract with the Ministry of Education. She also conducts evaluation and research for the company, and facilitates extremely helpful and successful appraisal workshops.
Wendy’s expertise comes from extensive senior leadership experience working within primary schools for 12 years and the tertiary sector for 12 years. She has recently joined Evaluation Associates from the position of Bachelor of Education (primary) degree Programme Leader where she was involved in strategic planning and policy development, review and development of curriculum and curriculum innovations, quality assurance processes for programmes and staff, establishing strong relationships with stakeholders, and ensuring a high standard of quality teaching and learning through mentoring staff and students. A priority for Wendy was to ensure a clear transfer of educational theory to practice and practical school experiences back to educational theory. This was made possible by Wendy also being the Practicum Leader for the Bachelor of Education degree. This role involved high levels of communication with a vast range of primary schools, offering PLD to staff on a variety of topics and lecturing on professional inquiry and practice throughout the degree programme.
Wendy’s passion for seeing effective development opportunities for educators is reflected in her Doctoral thesis, which focussed on the experiences of first-time mentors within primary schools and the challenges surrounding being a novice mentor. This experience has added further depth and a solid research foundation to her work in the primary sector. She is skilled at assisting others in their learning journey and enabling them to have educative learning conversations which value honesty, integrity and respect. Wendy believes teachers should be valued but also supported to continue professional growth. In the world of education nothing stands still for long, there is always something new to learn!
Wendy was born and raised in Turangi and was the first in her family to attend university. When not focussing on research and primary education, Wendy is passionate about travel, music and pets … and is famous for her baking.
"Thanks for your presentation today. One of the best ones I have attended in a while. Very clear and engaging."
Catherine Neidhardt, Papamoa College, June 2018
“This was one of the best professional development sessions that I have attended. Thanks for your detailed organisation and preparedness and your inclusive teaching practices.”
Sonya Lockyer, Kamo High School, Whangarei
"I had a rich and detailed learning experience today. I have a great deal of new knowledge and strategies to put them in place in the short and medium term."
"You were a highly motivated presenter who inspired us to create robust appraisal systems which will be levers of change. I appreciated your humour and non-judgemental manner. Thank you."
"A really worthwhile workshop - I'm so glad I attended! Thank you!"
Participants in a 2017 workshop on appraisal