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Last updated 26 October 2012 15:29 by NZTecAdmin

Claire Ashmore MA (Applied Linguistics), Dip TESL, CELTA, DipT

Literacy Facilitator

Claire initially worked as a primary school teacher in rural New Zealand, and went on to teach English in several countries in Asia. On her return, Claire investigated adult literacy programmes in Vanuatu and their relationship to government policy.
Claire then taught English as a Second Language at two New Zealand universities where she specialised in writing skills. This led on to her work in materials design and development for school administrators in America, public school teachers in China and in South Korea and for the US military based in Korea
In Auckland, Claire was delivering the NCALNE (voc) at Workbase across a wide range of vocational contexts, and went on to work as literacy developer and team leader for the National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults. Claire went on to work as Community Programmes Coordinator for Waikato Institute of Leisure and Sport Studies (Wilss).
Claire is currently pursuing studies in Dyslexia aiming to help those with the gift of dyslexia achieve literacy and self-esteem.

Annette van Lamoen MEd, PGDipLangLitEd, BEd, BA.

Literacy Facilitator

Annette has specialised in developing and delivering professional development programmes for tertiary educators. She draws on her extensive experience in teaching literacy, numeracy and ESOL. She has been with the National Centre in a dual role, as Centre Manager and Facilitator. She was a Teaching Fellow at the University of Waikato, where she lectured and tutored in adult literacy education and dyslexia.  She has presented at a range of conferences and symposia, developed resources for educators, and provided advisory services to Tertiary Education Organisations.  Her research interests include learning differences, reading difficulties, and adult literacy education.  She promotes education to be culturally responsive, holistic, strengths-based and targeted to individual needs.

Jenny Newby-Fraser M Sc(Edn), Post Grad Dip Com, BEdn, TTC

Literacy Facilitator

Jenny has extensive experience in ITPs having worked in them for over 20 years in both teaching and management roles. She has a strong background in adult education, professional development, communication, and in the use of technology in the teaching and learning process.

Her areas of interest include: classroom practice and classroom climate and how this can be pivotal to the quality of the teaching and learning experience; and the use of technology and blended delivery in teaching and learning. Her Masters research looked at bringing about institutional change from traditional face to face teaching to blended delivery.

Damon Whitten MEd, BASS, PgDipLanLitEd, DipHol, NCAET

Literacy & Numeracy Facilitator

Damon Whitten has a rich background in the fields of literacy, language and numeracy. This background includes extensive tutoring experience specialising in providing diagnoses and literacy interventions for adults who have significant learning difficulties. It also includes providing support for tutors, professional development for embedding literacy, facilitating workplace needs analysis and conducting research into adult numeracy issues.

Damon has a passion to see tutors and learners alike develop their full potential through the professional development of dynamic literacy and numeracy strategies. Damon has completed his Masters in Education, conducting research into the relationship between mathanxiety and the development of thinking.

Warren Shepheard TTC, DipT

Numeracy Facilitator

Warren spent 16 years as a teacher working in primary and intermediate schools in the Rotorua area. In 1985 he joined the Ministry of Education as a mathematics adviser in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty region.

After ‘Tomorrows Schools’ in 1989 he worked as a maths advisor with the University of Waikato. In 2000 he went into private enterprise as a mathematics consultant and contracted to SKillNZ where he ran numeracy workshops for tutors throughout New Zealand. For the last 5 years he has contracted to TEC working in adult numeracy education. He was also involved in the writing of the numeracy progressions.



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