Rhian Johnson

Meet Rhian Johnson, a facilitator at Te Whai Toi Tangata: Institute of Professional Learning.




Auckland; Hamilton


  • MOE Accredited 
  • English Medium Accredited


  • Communities of Learning / Kāhui Ako
  • Embedding language, culture and identity
  • Engaging whānau and communities
  • Enhancing student agency
  • Innovative Teaching and Learning
  • Leading for Excellence
  • Lifting student achievement
  • Mathematics and Pāngarau
  • Regionally Funded PLD


Currently studying Master of Education in Professional Learning at The University of Waikato.

1997 Bachelor of Education

1996 Diploma in Primary Teaching

My Experience

Student learning in mathematics and professional development of teachers and school leaders is an exciting realm for me as a skilled educator. Being an avid learner, I am driven by my commitment to ensure New Zealand children have equitable and current opportunities to engage in high quality learning programmes.

During my 18 years as a teacher and facilitator, I have acquired many skills in teaching and leadership and have developed a particular strength in teaching mathematics. Using collaborative facilitation practices, we can lift achievement for students and inspire others to excel in the teaching and learning of maths, supported by my application of deep subject knowledge.

With adult learning and the professional learning of teachers being of interest to me, I have taken a path of study and research into developing effective middle leadership in schools. I work to empower school management, middle leaders and teachers in providing effective mathematics education for all students’ years 0-8.

“Rhian is so passionate about what she does it would be difficult for that not to rub off on all around her. Rhian is absolutely professional and has successfully gained high levels of respect, trust, engagement and affection of ALL staff members. She has significantly shifted teacher pedagogy & practice which equals positive outcomes for teachers and students. Both have experienced growth in self-efficacy and achievement.” - [School BOT report 2015]

Contact details

Rhian Johnson

Auckland; Hamilton