Following six years at the helm of Teach First NZ, I have decided the time is now right for someone new to lead our work into its next phase. As such, I will be stepping aside from my role as CEO, and joining our Board as a Trustee.
The decision has been one of my most difficult, having founded and grown the organisation from just a metaphorical seed to what is now a nationally significant equity initiative.
I have not yet decided on the next steps in my career, other than that I plan to be actively involved in supporting Teach First NZ's impact through a role as a Board member, as well as through other endeavours. While the search for our new CEO takes place, I continue to remain in the role.
I'm immensely proud of the early impact Teach First NZ has had:
With the innovation we bring, we've also had to navigate challenges, and none of what Teach First NZ has achieved would've been possible without the support of our Board of Trustees and Advisors, our Patrons and Kaumatua, our staff team, the Ministry of Education, the University of Auckland, the growing number of funders and supporters, and our global partner Teach For All. I'd like to thank two individuals who came alongside me from the very start -- our Founding Board Chair Deborah George and the Dean of Education at the University of Auckland Professor Graeme Aitken.
I'd like to particularly acknowledge the schools we serve, as well as of course the incredible participants and alumni from now five cohorts -- especially those from the first cohort who took that leap of faith in joining what was then a fledgling start-up.
Teach First NZ was setup because education in New Zealand simply isn't fair -- our system's inequity in outcomes is a catastrophe and much more work must be done to tackle the issue. Teach First NZ has the potential to have a significant role in this critical work, and I look forward to continuing to support our growing community to exert the influence required for positive change.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive
Message from the Teach First NZ Board of Trustees
The Board would like to recognise the energy, professionalism and hard work that Shaun has bought to his role as CEO over the past six years, and we look forward to his ongoing contribution as a Board member.
We will shortly commence a comprehensive search for a new CEO to further develop and expand this innovative, cross-sector initiative focused on reducing educational inequities in Aoteaora New Zealand.
Teach First NZ is well-positioned to make a significant difference to student achievement in this country. We thank our partners, alongside our school and community stakeholders, for their strong support as we continue to tackle this issue together.
Co-Founder and Board Chair