Our tutors are the heart of Adult Learning Support: they keep our learners motivated, inspired and on track with their goals.
As well as the permanent tutors below, we have around a dozen contract tutors and several volunteer tutors who support our learners.
My main working history is in education, with lots of experience in English as a Second Language (ESOL), Linguistics, Business and Hospitality trades.
I am a Unit Standards assessor. My tribal affiliations are Ngāti Pōrou and Ngāpuhi. I enjoy golf, tennis and 8 Ball.
I've been working as a part time tutor at ALS, which I love. I'm a qualified teacher and have also studied horticulture and landscape design.
I'm a proud mother and grandmother. I love to sing and can often be heard whistling as I go about my work.
Our support team organises our programmes and courses, and works to make Adult Learning Support run as smoothly as possible.
I started my working life with two years of corporate planning and international marine fuel trading at Shell Oil NZ. After this, I worked for seven years delivering training and providing consultation on specialist software to energy companies in the UK and the USA.
On returning to NZ and retraining, I taught English as a second language for three years. I then managed a busy language school in central Auckland with a roll of 300 students and a team of 25 teachers for four years.
I bring skills in tuition, course planning and design, business, and organisational administration.
I take charge of all our finances and accounts, as well as some tutoring of the driver licence course. I'll often be the first person you see when you come up the stairs to ALS.
I started my working life as a speech and language therapist and special needs teacher. I then moved into health and social services as a health promoter, volunteer coordinator and manager for a range of large and small not-for-profits. More recent experience has included working as a foundation skills tutor at Christchurch Men's prison.
My current passions include pottery, interior design, and New Zealand native flora and fauna.
Business Development and Communications
I'm the resident business developer, communicator, designer and go-to-tech geek here at ALS. In a previous life, I worked in law and policy at the Ministry of Justice.
Our amazing Governance Committee volunteers their time to keep Adult Learning Support financially and strategically sound.
I value volunteering for Adult Learning Support as it makes a significant positive contribution to people.
I've been living in Nelson for the past 16 years. Before then I lived in England. My work for many years has been in energy efficiency, renewable energy technologies, and sustainable development. I've managed Nelson Environment Centre, and for the last four years Volunteer Nelson.
I'm passionate about education and value the important role it plays for all of us.
Born and bred in Otaki in the North Island, I moved to Christchurch to study Commerce at Canterbury University. I've been an accountant for over 10 years, starting with PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1999.
My husband, Hamish, is from Golden Bay and so Nelson was an obvious choice after working in Adelaide for a year. I've been working for Crowe Horwath since moving here in 2005.
Secretary (and volunteer tutor)
My passion is with working with young parents who may need support with parenting and life skills. I have a qualification in social work and have worked in this field for many years.
I've lived in the Nelson/Tasman region most of my life. I come from a long line of people who have always supported others and made a difference in our community. I believe education is the key to empowering people to have doors of opportunities open for them.
Ko Tūtumapou te maunga
Ko Te Hoiere te awa
Ko Matua Houtere te Tangata
Ko Te Hoiere te Waka
Ko Kaikaiawaro te kaitiaki
Ko Te Hora te pā
Ko Ngāti Kuia te iwi
Ko Kylie Rhoden tōku ingoa