Shannon Dryden

Meet Shannon Dryden, a facilitator at Te Whai Toi Tangata: Institute of Professional Learning.






  • MOE Accredited 
  • English Medium Accredited 
  • Maori Medium Accredited 


  • Aromatawai
  • Communities of Learning / Kāhui Ako
  • Cultural Capability
  • Embedding language, culture and identity
  • Engaging whānau and communities
  • Enhancing student agency
  • Innovative Teaching and Learning
  • Leading for Excellence
  • Lifting student achievement
  • Literacy and Te Reo Matatini
  • Māori Medium
  • Marau ā-kura
  • Mathematics and Pāngarau
  • Pakirehua
  • Regionally Funded PLD
  • Te Ara Reo Māori


Current academic study: Effective Principalship, MEd Waikato (enrolled 2016)

Current research interests: Leadership, Student Agency, Whānau Engagement

2014 National Aspiring Principals Programme

2013 Whakapiki i te Reo from Victoria University

2007 Te Ataarangi Taumata 4 Advanced

1998 Diploma Bi-lingual Teaching from Te Rangakura, Rangahaua, Whanganui

My Experience

Students who are expected to succeed are more likely to succeed.

Quality education doesn’t just happen. It is the result of teachers and leaders who are motivated and passionate about the faces in front of them. This often means reflecting on what we currently know and do and identifying next steps to create improvement to ensure each child is capable of achieving their potential.

As a leader, teacher and facilitator, it is my job to develop and foster this amongst those I work with and alongside.

As an educator I am passionate about all students achieving and am motivated to support kaiako to feel empowered to deliver and facilitate learning that students can authentically connect to.

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