Mel Stopford

PLD Consultant

Mel works as an education consultant out of our Christchurch office. She works with schools in the following areas:

  • Christchurch Transformation Project – Grow Waitaha

  • mentoring and coaching school leaders and leadership teams

  • engaging adult learners – supporting leaders to facilitate highly effective PLD with and for their teams

  • innovative learning practices

  • building teams and effective ways of working and talking together

  • community engagement

  • Leading Adult Learning.

Mel joined the Evaluation Associates | Te Huinga Kākākura Mātauranga team in 2015 after working as a learning advisor at Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery – a newly merged area school based in Christchurch. She has a Bachelor of Education and a Diploma of Teaching (Primary). Mel brings teaching and leadership experience in both primary and secondary schools with strengths in digital technologies and project based, student-directed learning. Her leadership experience includes middle and senior leadership roles and more recently community leadership for year 7-10 learners.

Her passion is around engagement for both adult and student learners and she has worked extensively to build her repertoire of strategies and processes in this area of facilitation.

Family is a big part of Mel’s world outside of work. She enjoys a bit of a rural escape, living in the country with her two kids, two cats, two dogs, two chickens and one fabulous husband.