Asha is an educational leader and strategic thinker, who is energised by learning and being creative. Curriculum design and leading innovation has been a passion and strength of Asha’s and this has developed over 20 years working with ākonga and kaiako across Primary, Middle and Secondary Schools. Having been brought up in multicultural Auckland, with a multicultural background and family, Asha applies an important cultural lens to the school context where learning is centered around ākonga and the learning community that supports them.
Asha began her teaching career as a Primary trained kaiako and built a strong foundation in the process of learning and child development through an Honours Degree and teaching ākonga from Year 1 to Year 6. Teaching and learning in the Middle School years (Year 7-10) is where Asha spent most of her career. During this time she was able to create and lead innovative curriculum programmes, such as; transdisciplinary project-based learning, self-directed and individualised learning plans for ākonga, Inquiry Learning models, authentic assessment and reporting, IB Curriculum implementation, place-based learning, personal and social development and community engagement programmes.
Professional Development opportunities led Asha to take an advanced leadership scholarship, co-author a published community case study about codesign and fulfil various middle and senior leadership roles in schools.
More recently, Asha is supporting a vast and complex change project for a multi-campus Boarding School. This long-term project involves; codesigning whole school culture and pedagogy, change management, developing aligned and coherent systems, designing and communicating a local curriculum for a diverse learning community and implementing a robust review process.
Asha is keen to collaborate and codesign with kaiako and schools to support them in simplifying the complex.