Sue Ellis

Accredited FacilitatorSue Ellis

Otakaro 117
Internal Phone: 94158
Korowaihia tou ao ki te matauranga
Envelop your world in learning

Sue is an accredited facilitator for MoE centrally-funded PLD - view Sue's Summary of Practice

Personal expertise

Sue is an experienced and knowledgeable facilitator, who has had extensive experience working in schools and Communities of Learning (CoL) as part of the UC Education Plus team. She is adaptable, appreciative and effective. Sue is passionate about making a difference to student’s achievement, supporting school leadership and strengthening professional networks within each of the new PLD priorities. She is always responsive to schools' and CoL's specific needs and contexts.

Sue is knowledgeable and confident teaching and facilitating across all levels of the school with specific areas of interest that include:

  • Localised Curriculum
  • Culturally responsive practice
  • Assessment for Learning
  • Leadership
  • Pedagogical Content Knowledge
  • Digital Fluency

Sue consistently demonstrates a high standard of leadership in professional development delivery within and across schools and clusters. This has involved undertaking scoping to collaboratively develop a needs analyses and a professional learning plan that reflect the picture of present practice and targeted and tailored needs within the schools/CoL. This establishes what is being done well and provides the basis for improved community, leadership, teacher, and student outcomes. Schools/CoL are supported to engage in a spiral of inquiry to refine practice, build content knowledge and practices, and develop skills and confidence in a culturally responsive and collaborative way. Sue has a particular passion for literacy.


Sue has a Diploma in Teaching, Practising Teachers Registration, Bachelor of Arts, Reading Recovery Teacher, Post Graduate Diploma in Education with Distinction, and has recently completed her Masters of Education with First Class Honours (2015).

In her spare time Sue loves spending time with her family, enjoys gardening and is passionate about travelling to new and exciting places.


“The PLD we have engaged in with Sue has led to positive shifts in thinking around literacy, higher expectations for priority learners and data that reflects acceleration. Sue is always approachable, friendly and adaptable to our changing needs and has built strong relationships with all teachers that she has worked with. The appreciative inquiry she brings to the PLD has meant teachers feel valued and confident when engaging with her. Teachers have appreciated her extensive pedagogical and content knowledge and her practical examples and experience. She has challenged us to look deeply at the beliefs we hold around certain aspects of education, our teaching practice and different groups of students. She has done this through challenging conversations, sharing research and highlighting the effective practices that already exist in our school. I have always found Sue to be positive, enthusiastic and have the teachers and students at the heart of PLD.” - Teacher, Cust School