Sue Leslie

PLD Consultant

This whakataukī keeps me focused on always planning a way forward to support students, teachers and leaders in our schools.

After eight years away from Evaluation Associates | Te Huinga Kākākura Mātauranga, Sue has joined the team again, as a PLD facilitator, based in Tairawhiti, Gisborne.

As an experienced teacher, leader and facilitator, Sue brings enthusiasm and the capability to support schools to develop high quality leadership, teaching and learning, drawing on a range of experiences in secondary, primary, intermediate and Area schools, both nationally and internationally.

Sue has a science background, with an Honours degree in Biology and has taught science in New Zealand schools for many years and recently, in a primary school in London for three years. She has had a range of leadership positions, including project management roles within Evaluation Associates | Te Huinga Kākākura Mātauranga, an assistant principal role in a large secondary school in Auckland, and head of data, assessment and reporting in a boys’ prep school in London.

Sue has a strong interest in data and evidence-based, evaluative thinking which guides her design and delivery of professional learning. She is an experienced facilitator in assessment for learning and has managed large data collection and analysis projects for the MOE. She is also the Chairperson of the National Science Technology Roadshow Trust, who support primary school students and teachers with developing enthusiasm and learning in science throughout New Zealand.

Her communication and collaborative problem-solving skills have been enhanced through her work on Leading by Learning at Evaluation Associates as well as through completing courses in Open to Learning™ Leadership with Viviane Robinson at University of Auckland.

Sue has a passion for education that has led her to work in a variety of contexts, supporting students, teachers, leaders, schools and clusters of schools. She has expertise in:

  • assessment for learning

  • Leading by Learning

  • supporting leaders, middle managers and teachers with change for improvement

  • data analysis and evidence-based decision making

  • using assessment tools

  • science curriculum and teaching

Sue’s love of the sea and surf is one of the attractions of living in Gisborne. After enjoying life in London and its culture, she is now making the most of her large garden and the opportunity to catch up with family and friends.