Debra Ryan

PLD Consultant

Debra works as an education consultant out of our Wellington office. She is based in the Wairarapa, having moved there from Auckland in 2016. She works with schools in the following areas:

  • assessment for learning to improve student outcomes

  • teaching and learning as inquiry

  • practice analysis conversations

  • mentoring and coaching school leaders and leadership teams

  • supporting schools with appraisal and our online appraisal tool, Arinui

  • supporting schools with e-asTTle.

Debra’s key roles in the company include supporting schools with Arinui, facilitating professional learning and development (both MoE funded and direct to client) and supporting schools in their understanding and use of a range of standardised assessment tools. She’s incredibly well regarded by schools who work with her, and her available time is always in high demand.

Debra is an experienced educator who has worked in the primary sector as a classroom teacher and a team leader. She has also held lead teacher roles in mathematics and in integrated curriculum and assessment.

Debra has a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning from Christchurch Teachers’ College. She recognises that the world of education is forever changing and ensures that she keeps up to date with what is at the forefront.

Debra is an active member in the Asia New Zealand Leadership Network, having being part of the Network since 2007. She was previously a member of the network’s advisory group. Debra recognises that New Zealand’s connection with Asia is important and, through her role with the network, has worked to strengthen these connections through ensuring language learning, cultural awareness and responsiveness are taught and recognised in the classroom.

When not at work Debra and her husband love to spend time with their two pre-school boys, introducing them to the wonderful outdoors of the Wairarapa and all it has to offer – beaches, mountains, rivers, and beautiful inland walks.

Schools that Debra has worked with recently are:

  • Titahi Bay North School

  • Koputaroa School

  • Wesley Intermediate School

  • Wellsford Primary School