Head of Department
Shirley enjoys NZIE’s dynamic environment and cultural diversity, in addition to a shared vision of excellence in education.
Shirley has a degree in Asian languages and English literature and post graduate teaching qualifications. She has worked as a secondary school teacher in addition to many years in teaching and management roles at English language schools.
Shirley’s role is very interesting, fun and varied. She is responsible for the smooth running of the English School which includes recruiting and managing the teaching staff of Takapuna and Botany Campuses. Shirley oversees the English curriculum, assessment, placement, pastoral care and quality assurance feedback systems of our students. She is the main point of contact between the English department, administration, marketing staff and stakeholders including agents and pathway programmes in regards to English programme issues.
Sharing her passion for learning, guiding students to success and seeing them reach their goals is very rewarding. Shirley believes in relating English lessons to students’ backgrounds, needs and learning styles with the aim of making learning meaningful and fun.
Shirley lives on the North Shore and in her spare time enjoys yoga, arts and crafts, music and reading. She is known for keeping calm under pressure and for liking all things pink!