Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei

Seek the treasure you value most dearly: if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain.

"This whakataukī encourages me as an educator to persist in aiming to reduce disparity in our schools".

Dr Irene Andersen

PLD Consultant - Auckland office

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

Irene is an experienced educator who has been a facilitator since 2005. She has worked in several areas including assessment for learning, secondary literacy, developing middle leadership and retraining teachers.

Irene’s areas of expertise are:

  • Subject specific literacy
  • Developing middle leaders
  • Assessment for learning
  • Models of inquiry linked to NZ Curriculum
  • Curriculum design
  • Leading change
  • Collecting and using data, including student voice
Before becoming a facilitator, Irene held senior and middle leadership positions in an Auckland secondary school. She completed a doctorate of Education in 2014. Her thesis focused on improving the quality of feedback/feed forward to teachers after classroom observations.

Irene is skilled at listening carefully to leaders and teachers and tailoring professional development with them to meet the needs of their schools.

Irene is an avid reader and she also loves gardening.