Deanna has 30 years experience in education – teaching and leading in a diverse range of primary and intermediate school settings, and has held three Principal’s positions. Her experience and expertise include school governance, internal evaluation, leadership/management, curriculum, coaching and mentoring (implementation, learning culture) and professional learning development.
Deanna has a passion for, and expertise in, the practical translation of theory and research to improve formative practice, teaching as inquiry and classroom learning culture. Her Doctor of Education was obtained through The University of Auckland, and her research examined school implementation of The New Zealand Curriculum (educational change, key competencies and children’s voice).
Deanna is experienced in working with Principals, Senior Leadership Teams, Middle Leaders and teachers in the areas of organisational improvement, strategic planning/school visioning, coaching/mentoring, curriculum leadership, restorative practice and Kāhui Ako/CoL.