Managers of Initial Teacher Education

Lois Chick

MEd (Cant), ADipT

Lois Chick – a founding director of NZGSE – is a highly experienced teacher educator.  Lois has taught at eight primary and intermediate schools around New Zealand and at special schools in New Zealand and England.  Before the establishment of NZGSE, she worked at a college of education for six years.  Lois is widely regarded for her practical approach to classroom teaching.  She is in demand for her knowledge of special education and her analytical skills used in appraising teachers and principals and in reviewing schools.  Lois is also the chair of the board of trustees that governs two special schools:  Halswell Residential College and Westbridge Residential School.


Marcia Kashizuka

BA(Hons) (Cant), GDipT

Marcia began her teaching career at Central New Brighton School.  She then moved to Mairehau Primary School where she became the teacher in charge of ICT and had the responsibility of leading a team of teachers looking at school targets for engagement with digital devices.  Marcia has strong expertise across the New Zealand Curriculum, and she has particular interest in gifted and talented education.  She joined the NZGSE staff at the start of 2014 as a tutor.  She was been promoted twice at NZGSE – first to be Primary Programme Leader and then to her current position as a Manager of Initial Teacher Education.

The position of Manager of Initial Teacher Education is shared by Lois Chick (0.4) and Marcia Kashizuka (0.6).


Manager Of School Improvement and Research

Kevin Knight

JP, BSc, DipEd (Cant), MEd, PGDipEdPs (Otago), PhD (Monash), DipTchg

Kevin Knight – also a founding director of NZGSE and highly experienced teacher educator – entered the education service as a secondary mathematics teacher and taught in secondary schools in New Zealand and Australia.  He has been a secondary school principal.  Kevin is also an educational psychologist and practised in Gisborne and Christchurch before working as a college of education lecturer for five years.  Kevin is in high demand throughout New Zealand and Australia for his expertise in classroom behaviour management, mentoring and teacher appraisal.  Kevin was a member of the former New Zealand Teachers Council.


Programme Leaders

Anne Ditcher

BSc(Hons) (Herts), BA(Hons) (Cant), PhD (Bristol), GradCertTEAL (Massey), DipT
Primary Programme Leader

Anne’s first career was in engineering and she began as an engineering apprentice at Hawker Siddely Aviation in the UK.  Anne then moved down an academic pathway and completed a PhD in Engineering at the University of Bristol.  From 1981 to 2002 Anne lectured in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Canterbury, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2000.  Having achieved her goals in engineering she trained as a primary teaching at NZGSE and then taught at Riccarton Primary School.  As well as teaching a Year 7/8 class her responsibilities included being curriculum leader in Mathematics and Technology, and teacher in charge of ICT.

Katie McGuinness

BCom (Cant), GDipT
Secondary Programme Leader

Katie joined the NZGSE staff in 2015 and is now the Secondary Programme Leader.  After completing her teacher training at NZGSE, Katie taught accounting, economics, business and mathematics at Lincoln High School.  She was the teacher in charge of Accounting.  She was also the teaching practice coordinator there for three years.  Katie is a resource writer for CETA – the New Zealand Commerce and Economics Teachers Association.  She has a strong interest in increasing student engagement.


Office Manager

Glenda Climo

Glenda joined NZGSE staff in 2004 as Administrative Assistant and was promoted to Office Manager in 2008.  Her wealth of experience includes administration roles at government departments and schools.  She is the fount of commonsense in the Management Team.  Glenda and her husband breed Murray Grey cattle and were recently selected as Ambassadors for the Canterbury A&P Association.



Josh Haythornthwaite

BSc (Cant), GDipT

Josh joined the secondary team of tutors at NZGSE at the start of 2016 after a successful period of teaching at his old school – Mairehau High School.  He was quickly promoted there, first as teaching practice coordinator, and then as a dean.  Josh’s strong classroom practice has allowed him to be role model while acting as a supervising teacher for many NZGSE interns teaching Biology, Geography and Social Studies.  Josh is responsible for NZGSE’s social media presence.


Anna Lau

BA (VUW), GradDipMgt (Cant), GDipT

Anna has taught at two schools – Hillmorton High School and Burnside High School.  Her no-nonsense classroom manner allowed her to establish very successful learning environments and a strong respect culture with her students.


Helena McAlister

BA, MEd (Cant), DipTePīnakitanga (TWoA), GDipT

Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Awa and Ngai Tai.  With Māori, Samoan and European ancestry, Helena embodies the diversity that is modern New Zealand.  Her strong knowledge of te reo Māori has enhanced her teaching at Elmwood Normal School and Te Waka Unua School.  Helena joined the primary team of tutors at NZGSE at the start of 2018.  In addition to her work with interns, she is conducting research in Māori education.


Richard Oswin

MA (Auck), ATCL, LRSM, DipTchg

Richard closed a long chapter of his distinguished education career in 2015 when he finished in his position as Deputy Principal at Elmwood Normal School.  For many years, he has had a leading role in supporting teachers-in-training, and developing the professional skills of qualified teachers.  But it is as a musician that Richard is best known in Christchurch.  Thousands of primary-aged children, over the years, have delighted in Richard’s musicianship and wit as music director, pianist and composer at the Christchurch Schools Music Festival.  Richard is an occasional core tutor at NZGSE, as well as his role as adjunct tutor in music..


Pip Overton

BA(Hons) (Cant), GDipT

Pip joined NZGSE’s tutor team in 2015 after several years of successful teaching at St Teresa’s School.  She trained as a primary teacher at NZGSE.  Pip has been a supervising teacher for NZGSE interns on several occasions. As St Teresa’s is transitioning towards innovative learning spaces throughout the school, Pip adds to the tutor team recent experience of this trend towards collaborative teaching practices.  Pip has strengths in mathematics, music and drama.


Administration Assistant

Suzi Hansen

Suzi is often the first person visitors to NZGSE meet.  She is responsible for our reception and assists Glenda Climo – the Office Manager.  She has worked in many administrative roles in the commercial world and community organisations.  In her spare time Suzi is an enthusiastic quilter.


Adjunct Tutors And Researchers

Adjunct tutors are tutors who are engaged on a part-time basis to contribute to the teaching at NZGSE – especially in curriculum areas.  Adjunct researchers contribute to NZGSE’s research projects.   Adjunct staff are usually employed at schools or other organisations.  Here are some of NZGSE’s adjunct staff..

Rod Browning  MA (Cant), DipEd (Massey), DipTchg, FNZIM
Andrew Dwight  BSc(Biomedical), GradDipEd (Monash), MA (Regent)
Jude Gray  BEd (Otago), DipT
Fleur Harris  MEd, PhD, PGCertCT (Cant), TTC (SpTh), DipTchg
Melissa Himin  BSc(Hons) (Lincoln), GDipT
Greg Pearce  BTchLn (CCE), DipT
Regan Stokes  BA (Cant), DipTePīnakitanga (TWoA), GDipT
Ginnie Thorner  BEd (Massey), MDramaEd (Griffith), DipTT