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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, Webmaster

I am working on a doctorate on the features of pronunciation needed by migrants to integrate into NZ society and find work.

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. 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.

Having been on the TESOLANZ Exec since 1996 as either President or Secretary plus webmaster I am the longest serving member.Outside of TESOL I enjoying book collecting and binding, Toastmasters, acting, and driving a Suzuki Boulevard cruiser.


Deryn Hardie Boys

BSc, Dip Teaching, CELTA, Dip TESOL, MA


I have been teaching for the best part of 30 years, initially in the Science/Mathematics field in New Zealand secondary schools and later as an ESOL teacher. My ESOL teaching experience includes working in the private language school, secondary and tertiary sectors. I am a Senior Language Teacher at Victoria University and have taught EAP courses both on the Wellington campus and at Victoria's Ho Chi Minh City campus. In my current role, I coordinate an ESP training programme for government officials from the South East Asian region. The English Language Training for Officials (ELTO) programme is a New Zealand Foreign Affairs initiative and part of New Zealand’s development assistance to the region.

I have been the Treasurer of TESOLANZ since October 2010.


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.


Denise McKay

MA (Hons) in Language Teaching, Dip Tching, LTCL

SIG Liaison, Policy

I have been a member of TESOLANZ since its inception after the first CLESOL conference.

Totally Euro-centred in the 70s as an EFL teacher in France and Italy, I changed direction in the 80s and had the privilege of working first with South East Asian refugees at the Refugee and Migrant Centre in South Auckland. I moved on to working with Maori and Pacific Island students at Nga Tapuwae College (now the Southern Cross Campus) also in South Auckland and then on to a nearby Catholic School for Girls. Since that time, I have prioritised working for students from language backgrounds other than English as a classroom teacher, dean and head of department, teacher advisor and on various NZQA working groups.

I am currently part of the academic English language support team at the Faculty of Education and Social Work, the University of Auckland. My particular area of interest is motivating factors for mature teacher trainees from groups under-represented at university.


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.



Su Ellis
Ngāti Kahungunu
M.Soc.Sci, Dip.Ad.Ed.


I have been involved in adult education since 1987, and exclusively with English language teaching and teacher education since 1998. I spent nearly a decade in obscure parts of China, both teaching in a range of institutions, and running a training and support organisation for other international language teachers in China (which gained recognition form the state authorities). As many of our (and other - VSO, Peace Corps, etc.) teachers were quite isolated and working in situations with very specific characteristics, we ran regular professional development skills-sharing conferences, some of which were co-sponsored by provincial authorities. Latterly, I was also involved in pre-service and in-service teacher training for local teachers.

Since returning to Aotearoa, I have been primarily involved in provision of full-time courses to the adult migrant and former refugee community sector, and more recently with workplace English and tutor training. I am particularly keen on promoting the effective teaching and development of relevant, well-designed teaching (and assessment) resources and courses for adult learners. I have also been involved in national qualifications, standards and assessment development.

I am currently Tutor Trainer and Worktalk tutor with English Language Partners, and TESOLANZ representative on the CLESOL 2016 committee (so if you have any fabulous ideas for the next CLESOL, I'd love to hear them).


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 positions, teaching linguistics at Massey University and academic writing 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 an analyst and subject matter expert (English Language) 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. As a past treasurer and secretary of MANATESOL branch, I am committed to making an ongoing contribution to TESOLANZ.



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

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