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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 - Lead Recruitment Manager
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.
Sophie Jones - Attraction Lead
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.
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).
Hannah Lees - Kairapu Manager
Hannah works to connect a diverse Kairapu network of alumni and allies around our animating drive for equity. Via teaching, research and writing she fights for young people and their right to take the reins in building a just and sustainable society.
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.
Jenny Jefferson - Selection Lead
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.
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.
Bina Mehta - Accounts Administrator
Bina is passionate about education and the impact it has on young people and thus joined the Ako Mātātupu team in 2015 and has supported the organisation to keep the accounts and finances in order.
Joshua Iosefo - Recruitment Advisor
With experience in the education and non-profit sectors, Joshua has worked within schools across Aotearoa. A firm believer in social change, Joshua is passionate about empathy being an important factor in effective teaching.
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.
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!