Our People

President - Victoria Green

Responsibilities: Finance/Membership, Communications/Media/Marketing, Conference 2020, Complaints procedures.

Qualifications: Certificate in Deaf Studies: Teaching NZSL.

Teaching experience: 1-1 private tutoring, high school extracurricular (after school), taster classes and NZSL courses for Deaf Aotearoa; NZSL tuition in both mainstream and Deaf Provisions at various schools - 1-1 and groups - for school staff and students; Zoom (videoconferencing) sessions with distance students; NZSL tuition for teacher aides & Resource Teacher of the Deaf (RTDs) in Christchurch.

Vice-President - James Anderson-Pole

Responsibilities: Finance/Membership.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce, Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Primary), partial completion of Certificate in Deaf Studies (DEAF801-804).

Teaching experience: Community classes at Onehunga High School, Auckland Deaf Society and other providers in Auckland; taster classes and NZSL courses for Deaf Aotearoa; mainstream and Deaf provision classes at various schools in Auckland; one-on-one tutoring for freelance clients and Merge.

Executive Committee - Candice David

Responsibilities: Finance/Membership, Communications/Media/Marketing, Conference 2020.

Qualification: Certificate in Deaf Studies: Teaching NZSL.

Teaching experience: Over 5 years of experience teaching NZSL in various settings: community education, hospitals, businesses/workplaces, and school & kindergartens.

Executive Committee - Susie Ovens

Responsibilities: Professional Development & Mentoring, Communications/Media/Marketing, RAP, Curriculum/Resources.

Qualifications: Masters in Professional Language Studies in Language Teaching (MPLS); Certificate in Deaf Studies: Teaching NZSL to Adults.

Teaching experience: Universities, community education, organisations, businesses/workplaces, families, and 1-1. Heavily involved with NZSL tutor training education, resources development, and assessment (including the NZSL Adult Assessment Tool). Interested in NZSL mentoring.

Executive Committee - Ruth Sullivan-Whyte

Responsibilities: Branches, Professional Development & Mentoring, RAP, Complaints procedures.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Education (Primary); Certificate of Interpreting (Auslan); NAATI Auslan-English qualification; Certificate in Deaf Studies: Teaching NZSL.

Teaching experience: Teaching community education classes for 3 years; NZSL Tutor at van Asch Deaf Education Centre.

Staff - Theresa Cooper

Role: NZSLTA Communications Co-ordinator and Finance Administrator.

Qualification: Certificate in Deaf Studies: Teaching NZSL; Postgraduate Diploma in Museum Studies; Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honours).

Teaching experience: Six years of teaching NZSL classes in various settings, including government departments, private businesses, and community education.

Last updated: 10/3/2019