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Suzie Vesper

Team leader for Year 5/6 at Mt Pleasant School


Passion for education

I have worked within the primary eduation sector for over 12 years in a number of contexts including classroom teacher, ESOL specialist, ICT lead teacher, ICT cluster facilitator and national ICT facilitator for Auckland clusters. While I may have had a number of different roles, achieving the best possible learning outcomes for students has always been central to my work. I believe that having quality teachers in front of children is the best way to ensure we have a world class education system in New Zealand. As part of this belief, I have supported teachers to reflect on and develop their own practice while also continually evaluating and refining my own.

Passion for teacher education

I help teachers to understand the importance of working with technologies and support their incorporation of ICTs into classroom practise so that they can provide a 21st century education for their students. I spend time working with a teacher to understand their needs in order to develop goals with them that are realistic and achieveable. I am able to be effective in this role through developing positive working relationships and believe that this is key to any situation when working with adults.

Passion for classroom teaching

I have been a classroom teacher for children ranging from year three up to year six. Four and a half years of my teaching experience were spent working in London including a two year period working as a specialist ESOL teacher. I believe the experience of working in a different education system and in a specialist role has really developed my own views on providing a quality education for students. In my last classroom teaching role in Wellington, I ran a Gifted and Talented one day school for a term which added to my understanding of how to extend high achievers. While at this school, I was recognised for the work I did within my classroom by being nominated by my school for a national teaching award.

In my work as a classroom teacher, I keep the needs of children central by designing effective programmes based on their needs and knowledge of best practise. I believe in constantly examining my own practice in order to create the best possible outcomes for students and have previously conducted action research projects to investigate the effectiveness of the work I do with children.  I have a particular interest in the use of ICT in education and have run a number of ICT enhanced programmes with students.

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Work experience

Feb 2010Present

National ICT Facilitator

CORE Education

After having my first child in September 2009, I returned to my national facilitator role two days a week working with seven clusters: three in Christchurch, one in Nelson and three in Auckland.

Mar 2010Present

ICT support teacher

Ngaio School

I work a day a week at Ngaio School with students and teachers at all levels of the school to integrate ICT into classroom programmes. As part of this work, I have created a wiki to allow for easy booking of my time as well as to document the work being done around the school. I have also linked to a number of helpful resources for teachers on this wiki,

Jun 2008Sep 2009

National ICT Facilitator and TIGed Project Coordinator

CORE Education

In my national facilitator role, I supported 13 ICT clusters based in Auckland (flying up from Wellington when required). This involved helping them to design effective programmes and giving them support in completing administrative tasks. I also created online resources for the benefit of all clusters across New Zealand such as a wiki on facilitation strategies that can be found at:

In my TIGed project coordinator role, I created resources to support schools in using the TIGed site, created advertising materials, presented on TIGed at conferences, managed the finances for the project, and completed reports on the project to the Ministry of Education. The wiki I set up to support the project can be found at:

Feb 2006May 2008

ICT facilitator

Petone Foreshore ICT Cluster

I worked with teachers in nine primary schools in the Lower Hutt area in my role as full time facilitator. Aspects of my role included:

  • setting up an online community with supporting resources for the teachers in the cluster at
  • running individual or small group sessions with cluster staff to help each one work on identified goals
  • modelling good ICT practice for teachers in the classroom
  • running workshops both for principals and lead teachers as well as individual schools on a range of topics such as:
    • developing a clear vision for ICT
    • developing an inquiry model
    • action research for teachers
    • using online technologies such as wikis and blogs to enhance learning
    • using a range of applications effectively (eg Microsoft applications, Photostory, iMovie)
  • planning cluster wide events such as visits to other schools and Expo days
  • setting up an accounting system for the cluster and helped to maintain this
  • collecting data on cluster progress and used this information to inform reporting to the Ministry of Education
  • presenting at national ICT conferences. 
Feb 2004Dec 2006

Yr 3/4 teacher and ICT lead teacher

Johnsonville School

I was a Year 3/4 teacher at Johnsonville and was in charge of ICT for the school. In this role, I completed a three year ICT plan for the school with my ICT team and conduced a year long research project into the impact of the laptops on teaching and learning (as part of my studies). I was also released one day a week for one term to run an enrichment programme for bright year 5/6 children with a focus on ICT. 

May 2003Dec 2003

Yr 5/6 long term reliever

Queenspark School

Yr 5/6 classroom teacher and co-conductor of the school choir during this time.

Sep 2000Dec 2002

EMTAG teacher

Eardley Primary School

EMTAG teacher (Ethnic, Minority and Traveller Assistance Grant teacher).  I worked as a specialist ESOL teacher dealing with children from seven to eleven years old.I also worked with minority children to help them achieve their potential including those in danger of being suspended due to their behavioural problems. I attended planning meetings and taught whole classes, small groups and individuals. I was also the drama coach for two musicals and volunteered for two school camps.   I was asked to run professional development for other EMTAG teachers within the district which was well received.

Sep 1998May 2000

Variety of positions within the school

Sir John Cass Foundation School

Yr 4 (NZ Yr 6) one term, Yr 5 (NZ Yr 7) for two terms and internal release for two terms. While at the school, I was the lead teacher for physical education.

Jan 1996Mar 1998

Year 5/6 teacher

Manurewa West Primary School

Year 5/6 class teacher, ICT lead teacher and NZEI representative. I also directed and produced the school musical.

Personal attributes



Bachelor of Teaching and Learning

Christchurch College of Education

I completed this upgrade at the end of 2005. I did the nine papers required for the upgrade within three years while teaching full time. Many papers I chose where part of the Diploma of ICT in Education offered at the college.

Jul 2002Jul 2002

CELTA (Pass - Grade B)

Polyglot Language School

I completed the four-week intensive CELTA course (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults)

Jan 1992Dec 1994

Diploma of Teaching, Primary

Christchurch College of Education

A full time three-year course. I specialised in music (including writing and producing my own operetta), and did a Maori art course and photography course

Jan 1991Dec 1991

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Rangi Ruru Nanny School

A full time one year course with developmental stages of children and creative play being two areas that were covered throughout the year.