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Maree Jeurissen

MA (Applied Language Studies), BEd, Advanced Diploma of Teaching, Graduate Diploma of TESSOL (Teaching English in Schools to Speakers of Other Languages), Trained Teachers Certificate.


Ko Tararua te maunga
Ko Waikawa te awa
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko ngati Raukawa ki Otaki te iwi
Ko Maree Jeurissen taku ingoa
Ngā mihi nui kia koutou

I am of Māori and Scottish descent, born and raised in Te Kuiti, a small central King Country town in Aotearoa’s North Island. I teach on the Graduate Diploma of Teaching English in Schools to Speakers of Other Languages (TESSOL) at the Faculty of Education and Social Work, The University of Auckland. My background is in primary teaching and includes several years working in international schools in Papua New Guinea.

Research interests include teacher research as professional development, teachers’ knowledge of grammar, using functional grammar to improve writing outcomes for primary students, factors surrounding the uptake of te reo Māori in English medium secondary schools, teachers’ professional reading, and the impact of professional development on teacher identity. My somewhat eclectic list of interests is bound together by a desire to understand better the needs of learners from diverse language and cultural backgrounds so that all have equal opportunities for success.

I am committed to the idea that all languages and cultures can thrive in Aotearoa. First and foremost, the regeneration of te reo Māori, is a priority. Supporting and celebrating our indigenous language paves the way for supporting and celebrating the languages and cultures of those from other lands, who have chosen Aotearoa as their home. Alongside this, is my belief that excellence in English communication is vital for success during and beyond formal education. As president of TESOLANZ I aim to support teachers to deliver the best language/languages education possible for our increasingly diverse student population.


Marty Pilott

MA(Hons), DipTchg, DipTESL, DipMgt, CertPubPol

Membership, Secretary, Web Liaison

I have just completed a doctorate on the features of pronunciation needed by migrants to integrate into NZ society and find work and have been on the TESOLANZ Exec since 1996 as either President or Secretary plus web manager or liaison.

Since I was 16 I have been an incorrigible etymologist, phonologist and acquirer of languages, dictionaries and unusual words (I have discovered that I am ambisinistrous, which means equally clumsy with both hands!) After studying languages and linguistics I spent three years OE living in various Asian countries. My first teaching experience was for the British Council in Esfahan, Iran. I have taught secondary English and written and edited English textbooks, but have worked in ESOL since 1990 when I joined WATESOL and have written How to Teach a Language. I have taught at WelTec, was a TEC advisor for two years and managed two Wellington PTEs. I have been on a range of government committees and have run workshops at most CLESOL conferences. I am now Programme Manager for ESOL at Whitireia Community Polytechnic.

Outside of TESOL I enjoying collecting and restoring old dictionaries, Toastmasters, acting, and driving a Suzuki Boulevard cruiser.


Shireen Junpath

BA, BA Honours, PG Dip, PG Dip TESSOL, M.Ed (Hons)

I am a Professional Teaching Fellow in the Teaching and Learning Unit of the Business School at the University of Auckland. In my current role I am part of the First Year Experience project which involves providing Academic Skills support for undergraduate and postgraduate students. A key focus of the role is to provide the context through which the needs of our diverse group of first year students in study skills; cognitive processes; language skills and linguistics can be addressed. Other dimensions of my role include Training and Mentoring Graduate Teaching Assistants.

My teaching journey began in South Africa where I taught English at secondary level and served as an external examiner for English for the National Matriculation Examination. In New Zealand I taught at both primary and secondary schools where my responsibilities included being Assistant Head of English, Teacher in charge of Literacy and Associate teacher to trainee teachers. As Teacher in charge of Literacy I worked with staff in developing a language across the curriculum programme. I am passionate about language teaching and learning and this commitment encouraged me to complete a Master’s degree in Education and the Grad Dip TESSOL at the University of Auckland.

In South Africa, I was actively involved in the promotion of language and served on a number of community-based cultural bodies including a national body involved with the promotion of language and culture. A key responsibility of this role included presenting a children’s programme in Hindi and English on a radio station. This was a rewarding experience as I had the opportunity to inspire young learners of Hindi.

I have been a TESOLANZ member for a number of years and I look forward to serving on the National Executive as Treasurer.


Angela Bland

MA TESOL, PG Dip SLT, Grad Dip TchLn

Branch Liaison

I began ESOL tutoring in 1993 for the ESOL Home Tutor Scheme in Invercargill. I did my time for two years in the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Programme where I started my PG DipSLT. I next spent two years in Cuenca, Ecuador as a teacher, Director of English and teacher trainer at Centro De Estudios Interamericanos. I returned to New Zealand in 1999 with an Ecuadorian husband. I eventually got a ‘real’ teaching qualification (Grad DipTchLn) in 2001. Among other teaching roles, I taught for 4 years from 2002 at the English Language Centre at University of Canterbury before I entered the secondary sector in 2006. I finished my MA TESOL through Victoria University in 2007. I also trained as a Specific Learning Disabilities teacher with Seabrook Mckenzie Centre. I am currently the HOD ESOL at Riccarton High School in Christchurch where I was employed to develop an Intensive English Programme. At home, Spanish and English are a first and second language while my son also has a mostly language specific learning disability. He is ORRS funded. It is a progressive time in the secondary literacy and ESOL sector, but there is still a lot of focused lobbying to be done within our own schools and nationally to gain equity for ELLs from Year 9 to 13. At present I am enjoying being active in a Pasifika Network Learning Community, trialling two Level 4 EAP standards, always improving our Intensive English Programme and ensuring our ELLs are informed of their progress and understand Level 1 and Level 2 literacy pathways.


Annette Tate

M Ed, Trained teachers’ certificate (TTC) endorsed with Speech Therapy; CTEFLA (Cambridge); Graduate Diploma in TESSOL


Kia ora

I came to ESOL teaching fairly recently after working as a speech language therapist and special needs teacher for many years. Once I began ESOL teaching in a large Auckland primary school I quickly realised I needed to learn more and completed my Graduate Diploma in TESSOL at the University of Auckland. Once this was finished a wonderful year as a primary ESOL facilitator at Team Solutions followed, working with teachers and English language learners all over Auckland. After a move to Dunedin with my husband in 2011 I completed my M Ed in online English language learning.

Being involved in English language teaching has given me the joy of meeting and working alongside many wonderful students and teachers. The TESOLANZ website states the purpose of the association is to promote the interests of English language learners and teachers, and that is a goal that resonates with my heart.


Kate Quigley

M.A. (Hons.), Dip. Tchg., Dip. TESOL, Ph.D.

I have a continuous 25-year career in the field of teaching and testing English as a second or foreign language. This time has included years spent teaching English in Japanese senior high schools, as well as teaching and leadership roles in private language schools and university language centres in New Zealand. Prior to my current position, teaching academic writing and EAP at Victoria University, I was a Research Fellow at the New Zealand Dictionary Centre.
I also have a long association with the International English Language Testing System (the IELTS test) and have worked for IDP Education Australia and most IELTS Testing Centres in New Zealand as an IELTS Examiner Trainer, and as a Trainer Trainer. I am one of three Principal Examiners (IELTS Writing) for the University of Cambridge English Language Assessment. I am also the Subject Matter Expert (English Language Assessment) for the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.
Apart from language testing, my other research interests are in metaphor theory and vocabulary studies. My doctorate was in the lexis of New Zealand English. A past treasurer and secretary of MANATESOL branch, I am now in the role of Reviews Editor for the TESOLANZ journal and newsletter.


Breda Matthews

SIG Liaison

Breda Matthews works as teacher and ESOL facilitator. She has been a member of NZQA project advisory groups and panels developing EAP, ESOL and English language unit standards. She has also worked as an ESOL and English language unit standards NZQA moderator. She has developed assessment resources and teaching and learning materials for ESOL, English Language and EAP standards for both NZQA and the Ministry of Education. She currently runs her own company providing professional development and assessment resources and works part time at Massey University, Albany Campus.


Daryl Streat

MA (TESOL), Grad Dip Business, BSc, CELTA


I have spent the past 16 years in various areas within the TESOL sector. This includes teacher training, assessment, materials writing, curriculum design and teaching of English for Academic Purposes, Business English as well as English language for secondary and tertiary. I have spent most of my career in Taiwan and recently returned to New Zealand in 2015.

My research interests include motivation, learner rights and educational leadership within the TESOL sector. I also have a very strong interest in inter-departmental work in developing subject-specific English language courses to better support international students studying in English-medium universities.

I am currently working as Head of Programme – English Language at Lincoln University and am a committee member of the Canterbury branch of TESOLANZ. I am also on the organizing committee for CLESOL 2018 – helping CLESOL return to Christchurch.

Outside of TESOL, I am an avid music fan, badminton player, and Lego builder (thanks to my children).



Jane Dudley
Membership Secretary
Athlyn Watt
Secondary SIG Coordinator
Gwenna Finikin
Primary SIG Coordinator
Tel. 021 144 5635

Gillian Skyrme
Tertiary SIG Coordinator

Sara Farshad Nia
Newsletter Editor
Tel. 022 021 7204

Elizabeth Brugh
Web Manager
Tel. 09 921 9999

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