Chris Heenan

Meet Chris Heenan, Reading Recovery Tutor South Island at Te Whai Toi Tangata: Institute of Professional Learning.

Chris Heenan


Reading Recovery Tutor South Island




  • Literacy and Te Reo Matatini
  • Reading Recovery


2022 Post Graduate Diploma In Education (Reading Recovery Specialisation), Auckland University

2020 Reading Recovery Inservice Teacher Training, Canterbury University & Auckland University

1987 Trained Teachers Certificate, NZ Department of Education

1985 Teachers College Diploma, Christchurch Teachers College

1985 Bachelor of Education, Canterbury University

My Experience

Literacy is my strength. I have many years experience working in and with schools supporting and growing their literacy capability. I have experience working in both small rural and large urban schools as both a principal and a middle leader. I like to support schools to be both systematic and strategic in their literacy development so all children receive the support they need. Reading Recovery is an essential first step in this strategy. When delivered as intended it can make a significant difference to tamariki, whānau and school outcomes.

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Chris Heenan