Testimonials

Jane did a very thorough job for us during our ESOL review. Her knowledge and experience were invaluable in guiding us through the process right from our strategic thinking and goal setting to implementation in the classroom and teacher observations. She followed this up with excellent PD that was informed and practical
— Mike O'Reilly, Principal, Mt Roskill Primary School
I just wanted to let you know how much my teachers enjoyed the writer’s workshop on Wednesday, Charlene. We all came away with our heads buzzing with enthusiasm and ideas for writing. We found the presentation absolutely entertaining and informing. I haven’t been to a course in such a long time where the feedback has been so positive. Usually one or two people comment that there were some good ideas but they add, “didn’t like this and I didn’t like that…” You have renewed our resolve to improve the teaching of writing at our school.
— Mark Fisher, Spotswood Primary
We feel privileged to have been able to work with Jane this year She has challenged our thinking and nurtured our leadership team’s professional learning particularly in the area of having challenging professional learning conversations. This has been our most collaborative partnership with a facilitator. Jane listened carefully to our leadership needs and actively supported us to prioritise and address them. As well as having real integrity and clarity about her role she has always been positive, optimistic and encouraging with us. She has the ability to work alongside all staff – from principal to beginning teacher – with clarity and purpose.
— Margaret Aikman, Principal, Takanini School
Jane van der Zeyden is an outstanding facilitator and leads Professional Development in a highly engaging manner. Her knowledge of Literacy and the teaching of students who have English as a second language is extensive. Her ability to connect with teachers in a range of contexts when leading professional development has built a sense of trust within my staff and they are always pleased to have the opportunity to work with her as they learn so much. Jane identifies the needs within schools and is able to target professional development developing action plans that have outcomes that are measured and help shape next steps for future development.
— Greg Roebuck, Principal, New Lynn School
Charlene, Just wanted to pass on to you the great feedback from teachers.
They thought you were absolutely wonderful!!!
They loved the day and said they got so much out of it.
They thought you were so knowledgeable and such a motivating presenter.
They are both sharing all their new PD with the staff next week!
— Deborah Barclay, Deputy Principal, Manuka School
Just wanted to say another HUGE thanks for yesterday. Sounds like a few teachers went home last night and carried on with their own research, and some of the teachers have tried out your suggestions today. Thanks again for an informative and entertaining Teacher Only Day!
— Andrea Boon, Deputy Principal, Waikanae (Feedback from Charlene's Teacher Only Day on writing)
Just wanted to say a huge thank you for your facilitation yesterday Charlene. I really appreciated your approach. You skilfully presented ideas and your beliefs, and all of us from HPS went away saying it was a really valuable day.
— Andrea Clarke, Deputy Principal, Helensville School
Thanks again for your great workshop yesterday Charlene…most inspiring….and more than a tad entertaining.
— Tatia Downer, Kenakena School
Charlene 4 of our teachers attended your course on writing on Thursday 22 May and really learnt a lot that will support our school with our PD focus this year- writing and particularly on student engagement.
— Maureen Woodard, Fairburn School
Jane, I spoke to a number of my colleagues, they had nothing but POSITIVE feedback about how you deliver PD to our staff. The feedback is they appreciate your calm and easy-going approach, expertise of knowledge in the ESOL field, clear precise information delivered in a manner where they can understand! Thank you again for being part of our exciting learning journey this year. Looking forward to working alongside you and learning so much more.
— Kath Aiavao, Pomaria School