Our people

Our most important asset has been, and will remain, our people. With a variety of skills and experiences, our dynamic teams deliver passion through results that impact.

Principal Consultant

Brian has held the role of regional director for the Ministry New Zealand Curriculum PLD contract. This followed his involvement as a member of the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) reference group (2005–2007), and sector representative on the Ministerial National Standards Sector Advisory Group (2009–2012). During his time as an intermediate school principal and principal consultant he has provided significant leadership in curriculum development including leading a number of school cluster curriculum initiatives.

Principal Consultant

Pip has been one of the project directors for the primary mathematics contract for the North Island from 2012–2016. She led a team of 45 facilitators who collectively work in over 100 schools each year providing in-depth tailored mathematics PLD.  Pip has strengths in setting up the project theory of action and project management processes.  She has led the data collection and collation process to ensure accurate diagnosis of the primary causes, presenting needs, and accurate and focused reporting of impact.

Consultant

Alana Madgwick is a highly experienced secondary literacy facilitator with proven experience in accelerating literacy achievement in secondary schools. She had worked for 12 years at the University of Auckland on a number of national literacy contracts for TEAM solutions. She has presented at conferences and delivered workshops on a wide range of topics including: improving writing across the curriculum, accelerating Pasifika achievement, valuing student voice, improving reading across the curriculum. She is the facilitator for the Secondary Literacy Online community which has an audience of 850 teachers.

Cognition Associate

Barbara has worked in the education sector for many years. She is an experienced classroom teacher and team leader in primary school settings. For the past four years she has been part of the learning with digital technologies professional learning and development team facilitating in a range of Waikato schools. Barbara is a passionate facilitator with expertise in future focused learning, fostering learner agency, working collaboratively and learning and teaching with digital technologies. She is a Google for Education Certified Innovator, a Google for Education Certified Trainer and an Apple Teacher. She is an accredited provider of professional learning for the Ministry of Education (English medium) specialising in Digital Fluency.

Consultant

Bronwyn facilitates a range of Visible Learning face-to-face and online workshops in New Zealand, particularly those focused on e-asTTle. She also organises our Visible Learning tours.

Consultant

Brooke Trenwith joined the Cognition consultancy team in 2013 as part of the Gifted and Talented Education PLD, a Ministry of Education contract designed to support principals and teachers build their capability and develop effective, robust and transparent GaTE programmes. In 2016, she was project leader of this contract and a national representative for the New Zealand Association of Gifted Children. 

Consultant

Christine has been working in teacher professional development in mathematics and statistics education since 2004. During this time she has worked alongside school leaders and teachers delivering a wide range of in-depth and flexible mathematics professional learning as well as presented a range of mathematics and statistics workshops, most recently with a focus on overall teacher judgments and moderation.    

Christine started with Cognition Education at the beginning of 2012 and is currently the Te Toi Tupu northern project leader for mathematics years 1-8.

Consultant

Dianne has been working in mathematics professional development since 2009. She also has experience in leading professional development in digital technologies, literacy and gifted education. Prior to working in professional development she had a variety of teaching and leadership roles in primary schools. Dianne is passionate about mathematics education and is particularly interested in developing student discourse in mathematics classrooms, data driven decision making and the role of digital technologies in mathematics education.

Dianne is able to support schools in data analysis using wide sources of evidence and assists them to make data informed decisions. She has recently completed her Masters of Education (Hons) at Waikato University specialising in professional learning... Read more

Principal Consultant

Pam has an extensive background in professional learning design and materials development. She works across a number of the Cognition programmes including Pathways, Culture Countsplus and Visible Learningplus. She is co-project director of Te Kākahu, a partnership with Whanganui Iwi to support secondary schools to accelerate outcomes for Māori learners in their rohe and leads a team working with the Children's Action Programme as they implement signficant change across government agencies.

Principal Consultant

Shaun joined Cognition Education to work as part of the Visible Learningplus team in early 2014. Currently he is a principal consultant leading the New Zealand delivery of the Visible Learningplus PLD prograrmme of self-review and school improvement for school leaders and teachers. Shaun's other roles include development of new products and PLD materials as well as managing the implementation of collaborative impact programmes in New Zealand and internationally.

Consultant

Fiona has been working in teacher professional development in mathematics and statistics since 2008. She has worked for Cognition since January 2012 and is currently the National Leader: Accelerating Learning in Mathematics (ALiM). During this time she has worked alongside school leaders and teachers developing effective pedagogy, collaborative practices and accelerative learning strategies. She has also delivered a wide range of in-depth and flexible mathematics professional learning as well as presented at a range of mathematics and statistics workshops, both in New Zealand and Australia. She has a wide knowledge and understanding of best teaching and learning practices and is up to date with current research.

Consultant

Fiona joined the Cognition team in July 2012 and is currently the regional coordinator for Mathematics Years 1-8 based in Central South Region. She has been working in teacher professional development in mathematics and statistics since 2001. Fiona brings a wealth of experience to the team. Prior to joining Cognition, Fiona spent 8 years with Victoria University where she led the mathematics advisory team and lectured a few mathematics master level papers. This was followed by a three year stint at the Ministry of Education where her main role focused on improving mathematics educational outcomes.  Fiona is passionate about mathematics and believes that all students can be successful in learning mathematics. 

Consultant

Gillian Kissling is an education consultant who has facilitated professional learning and development since 2009. She is currently the regional coordinator for Programmes for Students, a ministry-funded initiative aiming to accelerate learning for students who struggle with mathematics. Prior to her role with Cognition Education Gillian worked for Accent Learning, and has held a number of roles in the primary sector ranging from literacy leader, special education needs co-ordinator to principal.

Gillian enjoys leading and managing change, and has interest and expertise in teaching as inquiry (professional learning). Gillian is reflective, optimistic and passionate about her work in education.

Consultant

Heather has been involved in mathematics education since 2008 and joined Cognition Education in 2012. She is currently Northern Regional Coordinator for the Te Toi Tupu mathematics and statistics in years 1-8. Her facilitation experience includes working with school leaders and teachers to deliver in-depth and flexible mathematics professional learning. Her previous experience has been in curriculum development in mathematics in an International Baccalaureate school and developing enrichment programmes for gifted students in mathematics. She has presented at conferences and symposia in New Zealand and Australia, including MERGA and MAV.

Consultant

Ian is committed to empowering young people to make a difference in their lives. Currently, this includes supporting school leaders and teachers to develop policies and practices for future-oriented learning and effective use of digital technologies. 

Ian has reviewed, planned and implemented change in curriculum, assessment, teaching, learning and pastoral care and in all sectors of education, from early childhood to tertiary.  As a teacher, deputy principal, academic dean and board trustee, he has drawn on both evidence and research to impact learning outcomes of all students. 

Ian has led projects to introduce communities of practice, online learning environments, restorative practices, systems of appraisal and professional development... Read more

Consultant

Jacque is currently working as an education consultant in the area of innovative learning and learning with digital technologies, in both the primary and secondary sector. Her experience in teaching at both primary and secondary levels enables her to work across all curriculum areas and at all year levels. Jacque brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her role, having presented both nationally and internationally for many years in the education sector.

Consultant

Jenna has held a broad range of teaching and leadership roles in a variety of contexts and is now applying herself to working alongside teachers and leaders to support their professional learning and development. She has strengths in curriculum design and delivery, change management, and school self-review. Jenna is a reflective learner who likes to work collaboratively with others and is passionate about raising student achievement for all learners.

Te Toi Tupu Consortium Manager

Jill has worked in education for over 25 years.

From teaching and then facilitation, Jill moved into contract management and leading teams of facilitators, delivering professional development and learning in schools, predominantly in the Auckland and Northland regions. Jill has a published article about effective facilitator practice.

Jill is consortium manager for Te Toi Tupu Consortium.

Consultant

John is an education consultant for Cognition Education and is currently the Te Toi Tupu Northern Regional Coordinator for New Zealand Curriculum professional learning and development in Auckland and Northland. John is an educator and educational leader with extensive experience and expertise gathered over 32 years in both primary and secondary levels of schooling, and the Ministry of Education. He has worked as a teacher, middle leader, deputy principal and principal during his career. His skill base include extensive experience in self-review and strategic planning, data analysis, appraisal, curriculum, evidence based teaching practice and pedagogy, and special needs.

Consultant

Julia joined the Cognition team in 2015.  Prior to this she was a teacher and lead teacher of mathematics in a year 1–8 school in Palmerston North.  She is an experienced primary classroom teacher with a specific interest in mathematics. Julia currently works in Palmerston North and New Plymouth to support schools with professional development in mathematics and statistics, offering a wide range of topics including effective pedagogy, mathematical content knowledge, acceleration practices and the use of inquiry to improve teaching and learning.

Cognition Associate

Kate is an experienced educator in the primary and secondary sectors. As a literacy specialist, she was a facilitator in the Literacy Professional Development Project with Learning Media for eight years. Since 2012 she has been an education consultant in the Cognition Visible LearningPlus team, working with Professor John Hattie to develop and deliver collaborative impact programmes within New Zealand and internationally. In 2016 Kate worked as an Expert Partner with the University of Auckland E2 team, supporting Communities of Learning across New Zealand and will continue this work in 2017. I am accredited provider of professional learning for the Ministry of Education (English medium) specialising in literacy and Visible Learning.

Consultant

Kim is an experienced facilitator providing professional learning in mathematics and statistics since 2010.  She has worked with a diverse range of schools across Auckland building teacher and leader capability in mathematics pedagogical and content knowledge, culturally responsive pedagogies, data analysis, teacher inquiry and implementing acceleration programmes.

Consultant

Kylie began her career with Cognition in April 2016, joining the Central South mathematics’ team based in South Taranaki. Prior to this, she worked in an intermediate school as a classroom teacher and mathematics leader where she focused on accelerating student achievement in mathematics. She participated in ALiM and MST Programmes for Students.  Since joining Cognition, she has mentored ALiM and MST teachers in the Taranaki region and supported teachers, leaders and principals with professional learning and development in mathematics teaching and learning.

Consultant

Laurayne has a wide range of teaching, leadership, advisory and evaluation experiences in educational contexts, situated in rural and urban Māori and Pacifika environments. In all of her roles her focus has been on building communities, and organizational performance to achieve improved student outcomes. She is skilled at developing open, consultative processes with stakeholders to grow educationally powerful partnerships. These result in capacity and capability building within communities. Over many years she has played an integral role in challenging the failing status quo and bringing about positive change in both literacy leadership and school leadership schooling improvement projects

Consultant

Over the past 12 years, Louise has worked within the education sector in both local and international settings. Since relocating to New Zealand, she has developed a commitment to developing rich, authentic learning experiences for students, teachers and leaders. Louise has worked in a range of capacities delivering professional learning support in mathematics to schools, leadership clusters and regional symposiums. She has supported networks of schools to develop both effective home school partnerships and strong assessment practice through the implementation of the Mutukaroa project.

Cognition Associate

Lynne is an experienced facilitator in the primary and intermediate sectors, who keeps up to date with current trends in education. She is currently working with the learning with digital technologies PLD. Her area of expertise incorporates innovative learning in the digital era, developing digital strategies and effective pedagogy for future focused learning and teaching. She offers a flexible and responsive approach, identifying strengths and needs to then design and provide professional development opportunities to build capacity and capability to improve outcomes for all. Lynne has worked successfully in many schools; leading school-wide review for strategic planning, supporting teachers and leaders to inquire into their practice, targeting the needs of learners, along with the... Read more

Consultant

Marie has over 15 years experience as a facilitator specialising in providing quality professional learning and support in mathematics and statistics. She has worked extensively with many schools across Auckland to develop effective mathematics teaching, assessment, data analysis, leadership, and intervention programmes to accelerate learning in mathematics for a diverse range of students. She presents regularly at PMA and NZAMT mathematics conferences in New Zealand as well as internationally at MERGA and MAV, and has written mathematics resources and support material for teachers. Since joining Cognition in 2012 Marie has also coordinated professional learning for educators in the LEOTC sector (Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom). Prior to facilitation, Marie was a primary... Read more

Consultant

Raewyn joined Cognition in 2013 and is currently a facilitator based in Taranaki. While the main focus of her work is mathematics, she has also worked as a facilitator to support networks of schools involved with the Mutukaroa project. Prior to this she worked in primary education for many years and has developed a passion for teaching and learning about mathematics.

Consultant

Sean joined the mathematics team at Cognition Education in February 2015. He has over 10 years experience working in the New Zealand education system, working extensively in Intermediate schools. He has a passion for mathematics and digital technologies and a particular interest in accelerating learning for pre-adolescent students. As a member of the mathematics team within his school, Sean has mentored colleagues and assisted them in inquiring into their own practice. He worked for five years in special education and is interested in assisting teachers in supporting students with special needs to achieve their full potential.

Consultant

Selena has worked directly with clusters and ran network-wide workshops on evidence-based practice and leadership. She is skilled in coaching and supporting leaders in practice analysis conversations and effective collaborative inquiry, including the establishment of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), and designing effective systems and processes to support authentic inquiry. Selena has an in-depth understanding of assessment tools (especially e-asTTle), formative assessment theories and practices and data analysis. She has strengths in the area of the National Standards and was part of the national team running Ministry of Education workshops about making and moderating OTJs, establishing National Standards and moderation procedures, and using the Aspects Framework within the... Read more

Cognition Associate

Susan joined Cognition Education in 2012. She has had 30 years of experience and has worked in the primary, secondary and tertiary sector in both teaching and management roles, including 10 years as a science teacher. Currently she is the regional director for Science and works with schools to develop science programmes that are both future focussed and culturally responsive. Susan has a wide interest in all things pertaining to education and enjoys opportunities to discuss and share new ideas and developments that have the potential to challenge and improve current practice. Susan returned to NZ with a renewed commitment to the possibilities that our NZC provides. This remains the catalyst for her work.

Consultant

TeAhua Park (Ngapuhi/ Ngatihine) has worked in the education sector for 20 years as an experienced classroom teacher in primary school settings. For the past four years she has facilitated the learning with digital technologies professional learning and development contract in a range of Northland schools. TeAhua is a passionate facilitator with expertise in designing connected curriculum, working in innovative learning environments, building community partnerships through collaboration and learning and teaching with digital technologies. TeAhua works with all stakeholders (students, whanau, teachers, leaders and BOTs) to review, design and deliver responsive professional development opportunities which build leadership and teacher capability, improve student outcomes and create a... Read more

Consultant

Tracy comes from a varied secondary education background, including National Certificate of Education Achievement (NCEA) roles. Tracy’s expertise revolves around the use and integration of digital technology in teaching and learning.

Tracy currently represents Cognition as the project leader for a number of New Zealand Ministry of Education contracts. She was previously the project leader for the national blended e-Learning and digital technologies guidelines projects. Tracy provides Cognition with a unique background and strong leadership qualities.