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The potential of young people in Aotearoa New Zealand is limitless. Access to opportunity is not; nor is it evenly distributed. Aotearoa has one of the highest levels of educational inequality in the developed world. We are working to change this.
228 Queen Street
PO Box 2121,
Aotearoa, New Zealand
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Meet the team
Jay Allnutt - Chief Executive
Jay leads Ako Mātātupu the charity, and the Teach First NZ Programme. He started his career as a teacher serving low-income communities, and has worked in education and the non-profit sector throughout his career.
Michelle Johansson - Programme Director
Michelle is committed to holding courageous spaces for our teachers to step up and change the world. She is particularly interested in the spaces where Education and Equity meet for Pasifika peoples.
Jono Smith - Programme Director
Jono works to support the network of schools who employ Teach First NZ Programme participants, to effectively support participants to have a positive impact on students and school communities.
Liam Munday - Recruitment Director
Ko Tarata te maunga, ko Whangaroa te moana, ko Mamaru te waka, ko Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa te iwi. As a part of the Ako Mātātupu recruitment team Liam leads the drive to bring outstanding teachers and future leaders into our flagship programme.
Emily Looker - CEO Coordinator
Ahakoa he iti, he pounamu. Though Emily's role seems small, her role contributes to the greater mission of Ako Mātātupu by taking pressure of the rest of the whānau in their roles, and filling the table with a good spread when the occasion allows.
Sophie Jones - Attraction and Marketing Manager
Sophie sees education as a strong platform for social change and is passionate about working collaboratively towards an equitable world. Sophie is an alumna of the Teach First NZ Programme, where she was privileged to teach English at Wesley College.
Jenny Jefferson - Selection and Matriculation Manager
Prior to joining the team Jenny was privileged to teach Primary and is an alumna of Teach First UK. Jenny believes teachers play an essential role in nurturing the next generation, so that all young people can limitlessly achieve their aspirations.
Ali Carroll - Recruitment Advisor
An alumna of the Teach First NZ Programme, Ali has had the joy of learning from young people in two of our partner schools, De La Salle College, and Mount Roskill Grammar School and currently supports candidates as they apply for the programme.
Chas Carroll - Marketing and Communications Advisor
Chas works to ensure the best teachers, leaders, and change-makers are both applying and selected to take part in Ako Mātātupu: Teach First NZ's flagship programme.
Agnes Pele - Recruitment Coordinator
Agnes is South Auckland raised and a member of The Black Friars Theatre Company. She hopes to effectively weave her passion for young people and her role as the recruitment coordinator to create change within classrooms.
Seira Aukuso-Su'e - Pre-Programme Coordinator
Seira works with the Pre-Programme team in supporting our participants and schools network to influence positive change. With roots in Falealili & Mangere, she believes that the next generation will always be, and do, greater things than the last.
Charles Looker - Kaihautū
A Kaihautū is one who keeps the timing for paddlers on their voyage; so does Charles in ensuring that needs for Māori are met at every stage of the kaupapa, so that our paddlers have all that they need to continue their journey.
Billy Revell - Programme Manager
A firm believer of servant-leadership, Billy strives in his journey with us to create safe and creative spaces to allow others to tell their story whilst facilitating the growth of our village (Community).
Jeremy Downing - Programme Manager
Jeremy’s work focuses on the learning, professional development and wellbeing of Teach First NZ participants. He was part of the 2015 cohort, taught for four years at James Cook High School and is actively involved in the Kairapu network.
Moana-Aroha Henry - Programme Manager and Kaihautū
He uri tēnei nō Te Tai Tokerau. Moana-Aroha works with our current participants in Northland and the bottom of the South Island. She was part of the 2018 cohort and taught at Whangārei Girls' High School for two years.
Nyra Marshall - Programme Manager and Kaihautū
A descendant of Raukawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Ngāti Kahungunu, Nyra believes that education is the key platform to advance Māori success. She belongs to C15, is part of the Kairapu network, and taught at Aorere College for five years.
Take our eligibility quiz
Are you eligible to join our flagship programme? Our quiz will help you understand whether you meet our eligibility criteria as well as what subjects you may be able to teach.
Request an info pack
If you would like to find out more about our programme, how it works and who we are looking for, we have created an information pack just for you!