Chris Henderson

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


Reading Recovery Manager South Island




  • MOE Accredited 
  • English Medium Accredited 


  • Embedding language, culture and identity
  • Engaging whānau and communities
  • Enhancing student agency
  • Literacy and Te Reo Matatini
  • Reading Recovery


2009  Master of Teaching and Learning   University of Canterbury

1999  Bachelor of Education    Christchurch College of Education

1974  Trained Teacher's Certificate  Christchurch College of Education

My Experience

Tēnā koutou katoa
He mihi aroha tenei ki a koutou
I ahu mai au i tuawhenua, i raro, i te maunga o Maungatere
I te taha o ngā wai tapu o Waipara, e Ngā Pākihi Whakatekateka o Waitaha ki te Waipounamu
He whānau atua whiowhio toku whānau.
Ko Chris Henderson tōku ingoa

I am a passionate educator who has extensive experience and success as a teacher, leader and facilitator in the NZ education system. I enjoy working collaboratively with others to ensure that everyone benefits from learning together. Integral to my work is a focus on our students being recognised and appreciated for their unique identities, languages and culture and using this knowledge to build successful learning experiences.

In my role as National Leader; Accelerating Learning in Literacy I have the privilege of visiting and working with many schools across New Zealand. This affords me the opportunity of appreciating the diversity of our schools and reinforces my desire that we truly honour and enact te Tiriti o Waitangi on a daily basis.

My responsibility as a Professional Learning and Development facilitator is to ensure that I work closely with the school leaders and teachers to appreciate their existing expertise and then co-design a student centred bespoke response to the needs in their school.

When I am not at work I enjoy time with family and friends, a quiet read and a good game of tennis!

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Chris Henderson