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Meet Our People & Partners!

We are a values based organisation and we work with partners who share the same vision for equitable education in Aotearoa NZ. Our partners are self employed educators who:


  •  Demonstrate exceptional professionalism as Ministry of Education attested Professional Development Consultants

  • Are across the research and ensure their work is always evidence based

  • Demonstrate a commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and work tirelessly to see Te Tiriti enacted through our education system

  • Enjoy and actively participate in collaborative practice

  • Have high expectations for all ākonga and Kaiako

  • Live and work in the spirit of reciprocity and manaakitanga

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Del Costello

I work with leaders, facilitators, staff and teams in schools, ECE and Kāhui Ako where I can facilitate the development of sustainable professional learning communities and improve outcomes for learners.

I'm proud to be the Founder and Director of Coactive Education, and provide our suite of services to Aotearoa's education sector.

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Dr. Melissa Derby
Professional Development Consultant

I'm a Senior Lecturer in child development, specialising in early literacy. I work with ECE centres and communities to support children’s learning, focusing on local curriculum, bicultural frameworks, and families as first teachers. 

Find out more about Melissa's work:


Nina Burchett & Shine School
Professional Development Consultant

I work with educators to grow personal confidence and to strengthen communication skills.


We create bespoke programmes and coaching for new teachers, support staff and those looking for more confidence, or communication skills.

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Rebecca Bishop
Professional Development Consultant

Based in Te Tai Tokerau,  I have 16 years' experience in the education sector as a teacher, leader, education consultant and more recently a school counsellor.


I've supported many schools with curriculum development and creating sustainable shifts in teacher practice. I love to work collaboratively with Kaiako to set and realise their goals. 

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Nikki Joyce
Leadership & Governance Consultant

With over 20 years' experience in leadership, and as a certified coach, I work with both existing and aspiring leaders to reach both their and their team’s goals.


I have experience in ECE, primary and the secondary sectors and can also support ECE businesses in the area of governance, regulations and ERO evaluation preparation and response.

Learn more about Nikki's work:

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Yolanda Soryl
Teacher Literacy Training

As one of NZ's foremost trainer of teachers and teacher aides, I also assist in learning about phonics, word recognition, and early literacy teaching.


As a still practicing and fully registered teacher, my methods are solidly grounded in the practicalities and realities of daily classroom teaching. 

Learn more about Yolanda's work:

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Iris Connect
Video-Enabled Professional Development

Video enabled professional development for teachers.


Iris Connect delivers teaching observations, reflections, coaching and mentoring, sharing of practice and
inter school, Kāhui Ako collaboration.


We advocate for its use within professional development settings.

Learn more here:


Trudy Francis
Professional Development Consultant

I’ve been an educational coach since 2007. My work focuses on personalisation and co-construction of professional goals and objectives.


I work with schools on assessment for learning, local curriculum, Backward by Design UBD, Inquiry, Assessment, Coaching, Professional Growth Cycles, Agency.​ Learn more about Trudy's work here:

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