To see ākonga empowered in their role as learners is empowering to me as an educator. 

Debra Ryan

PLD Consultant - Masterton

Accredited facilitator for MoE-funded PLD - See Summary of practice

Debra (Deb) works as an education consultant out of Masterton. She is based in the Wairarapa and supports schools across the Wellington and Manawatu regions and beyond. She works with schools in the following areas:

  • assessment for learning to improve student outcomes
  • teaching and learning as inquiry
  • practice analysis conversations
  • mentoring and coaching school leaders and leadership teams
  • supporting schools with assessment systems and assessment tools such as e-asTTle and the Curriculum Progress Tools.

Debra’s key roles in the company include facilitating professional learning and development (both MoE funded and direct to schools) and supporting schools in their understanding and use of a range of standardised assessment tools. She’s incredibly well regarded by schools who work with her, and her available time is always in high demand.

Debra is an experienced educator who has worked in the primary sector as a classroom teacher and a team leader. She has also held lead teacher roles in mathematics and in integrated curriculum and assessment.

For the past two years Debra was the content expert for the Assessment Online TKI site. In this role Debra was responsible for ensuring that all online content was relevant, accurate and up to date.

Debra has a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning from Christchurch Teachers' College. She recognises that the world of education is forever changing and ensures that she keeps up to date with what is at the forefront.

When not at work Debra and her husband love to spend time with their three young sons, introducing them to the wonderful outdoors of the Wairarapa and all it has to offer – beaches, mountains, rivers, and beautiful inland walks.

Schools that Debra has worked with recently are:

  • Titahi Bay North School
  • Koputaroa School
  • Mangatainoka School
  • Opaki School


    “Deb had so many great ideas and deep questions that really helped me focus on some great teacher inquiry foci that I was passionate about. This has been some really valuable professional learning.” - Teacher

    “I can not say enough about this PLD and Debra Ryan. She was amazing when facilitating conversations with staff about our target areas and what our individual or team foci are. Not only was she encouraging and clear in her support but she was adaptive in her approach to where we as individuals wanted to go and how we wanted to be using this support. For me as a professional, it has given me a wider vision of where I look for support, answers to my questions and how I move forward from data, my own teaching gaps and consolidation. She has been particularly great in working with colleagues of mine who required students voice and deeper thinking within our classroom environment. She was great in supporting this to happen and was present when the information came through to offer her thinking and perspective.” - Deputy Principal