Chrissy Hellyer

TeachingSagittarian | @nzchrissy

My Journey

Where did it begin? It was a while ago now, in a class of 34 seven year olds and one desktop computer. Yes, one desktop computer! Then we got a computer suite and did we think we were in heaven! Each week (on a Wednesday afternoon) we’d line up and head on over to the suite to work on our “projects” – we were actually building server-based portfolios of our learning! Fast forward a few years later to a “semi-digital” classroom, 32 awesome Year 7s (Gr6), a digital weather station, a pod of 8 desktop computers, an interactive whiteboard, surround sound and ethernet access to the wider world (plus a computer suite to visit) and we REALLY thought we had it all!

Several global collaborative projects later, a teacher exchange in Argentina, an interview in Bangkok and a few months after that, I found myself in a class of phenomenal 5th graders from all corners of the world and living in Bangkok, Thailand. When the opportunity to be the Elementary Technology and Learning Coach arose I spent a couple of years working with teachers and their students. Time spent working with schools and their teachers, as well as presenting and facilitating workshops grew during this time and after a year back in the classroom working with my favourite 3rd graders, I left the classroom again to move to Perth, Australia to begin planning learning experiences for teachers and students full time.

My Qualifications & Experience


Educational Qualifications

Google Certified Educator Level 1, 

Masters in Science and Multidisciplinary Studies (2011), (SuNY, Buffalo) State University of New York

SMARTboard Certified Trainer Level I, Level II for MAC; Level I, Level II for WINDOWS

Certificate of Educational Technology & Information Literacy (2010), (SuNY, Buffalo) State University of New York.

New Zealand Teaching Full Registration Certificate (1999)

Bachelor of Education (1998), Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand

Teaching Diploma (1996) College of Education, Palmerston North, New Zealand

Other Qualifications

National Certificate in Business Studies and National Diploma in Accountancy: Accounting; Commercial Law; Fundamentals of Banking;  Business in Communication;

Australian Music Examinations Board: Honours Musicianship – Second Grade; Pass Musicianship – Fourth Grade


CORE Education – Independent Contractor

Based in Southland

July 2019 – present.

Accredited Facilitator

Kāhui Ako; PLD; and Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko


Waiau Area School

Tuatapere, Southland

February 2019 – present.

Mentor/Coach, Digital Technologies (0.2 FTE)

Pouahi, Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko. Working with ES, MS, HS teachers. 


Eduro Learning

Global company; physically based in Southland, New Zealand.

December 2013 – present.

Technology & Learning Coach, Consultant/Trainer, Director of Online Learning and Founding Partner

Working with ES, MS, HS teachers and students worldwide.




Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy.

October 2012 – present.


Foundation Graduate and Certified Programme Facilitator (Online)

Working with ES, MS, HS teachers around the world.


International School of Bangkok (ISB)

Bangkok, Thailand

August 2012 – June 2013

ES Grade 3 Classroom Teacher

Readers/Writers Workshop (Lucy Caulkins)

FoSS Science

Math Investigations

21st Century Literacy Skills embedded in classroom environment

Literacy Team Representative for Grade 3

Learning Team ePortfolio Working Committee member

Pilot Teacher – Teacher Standards Professional Learning Group

Collaborative Projects

Dots Around the World (organiser)

August 2010 – June 2012

ES Technology & Learning Coach (PreK-Grade 5)

Coordinate and facilitate the integration of 21st Century Literacy Skills across PreK – Grade 5, serving over 600 students and 70 teachers.

Co-plan and co-teach project-based units of inquiry with classroom teachers that embed authentic use of technology in the natural learning environment via the use of laptops.

Work in a collaborative team, (ISB21), in order to develop a continued vision for 21st Century Learning at ISB.

Collaborate with the Administrative and Curriculum Office team to develop a vision, infrastructure and plan for successful integration of 21st Century Literacy skills across the curriculum.

Develop curriculum at the team level using the Understanding by Design process, to authentically embed 21st century literacy with the core curriculum, as a model for divisional and school-wide curriculum review processes.

Create and maintain consistent, streamlined communication with both internal and external members of the school community via wikis, blogs, newsletters, magazine articles and email.

Conduct weekly professional development for staff, monthly dialogue sessions for parents, and facilitate a variety of in-school workshops.

August 2008 –  June 2010

Grade 5 Classroom Teacher

Readers/Writers Workshop (Lucy Caulkins)

FoSS Science

Math Investigations

21st Century Literacy Skills embedded in classroom environment

Grade Level Technology & Learning Committee Representative

Collaborative Projects

Grade 5 Digital Literacy – Windows into our Learning

Breaking Boundaries Argentina/Thailand Connection using ATutor

Students Teaching Students – Podcasting Reader’s Workshop Reading Strategies

Moving on Up

Kinder Buddies

Maths Connection Challenge

Richey Elementary School 

Life Round Here 09

Taradale Intermediate School

Taradale, New Zealand.

Year 7 (Grade 6) Classroom Senior Teacher

February 2005 – August 2008

Classroom Teacher

Curricula Areas:Literacy; Mathematics; Science; Social Studies; Physical Education; International Languages (Spanish); ICT;

Other Responsibilities

Support the Team Leader, support the Year 7 teachers, Behaviour Management with Team Leader

Sitech Champion Schools Representative – trial and implementation of ICT technology products

Coach – Netball Team

Coach – Volleyball Team

ICT Technical Support for Staff

ICT Support for Staff including Interactive WhiteBoards, Web2.0 tools, and Computer Programmes

MUSAC facilitator – Design/Co-ordination of documents to track school-wide Assessment Data

Producer of School Musical Production

Co-Tutor School Kapa Haka (2006)

Collaborative Projects

Project Feel Good 

New Seven Wonders

ANZA Podcasting 

Life ‘Round Here

Horizon Project Sounding Board Classroom Peer Review

FlatClassroom Project Sounding Board Classroom Peer Review

Salute to Seuss

Holiday Card Project (using Google Earth)

Project Lemonade

Napier Central School

Napier, New Zealand


Y2/3 Classroom Teacher

February 1998 – December 2004

Teaching of all curriculum area subjects

Assisted in creation of school-wide IT plans, policies and computer-suite guidelines for students and teachers.

Musical Director School Productions

Teacher in Charge of Choir, Special Choir

Other Responsibilities

Co-ordinator of Napier Central’s WebChallenge ICT teams

Creation and maintenance of School’s Website

Coach of Gymnastic Team






Google Certified Educator, Level 1

Coursera, Online (MOOC) Course, June 2014
Coaching Teachers: Promoting Changes That Stick – Graduate (with Distinction)


Apple Distinguished Educator, ADE, March 2010, Singapore
Apple Distinguished Educators Class of 2010 (Asia)


Recipient of Ministry of Education/AFS Language Immersion Award (One-Month) 2008
Completed during March-April 2008, Argentina Online Journal Entries begin here


Sitech E-Learning Zone

Contributor – Resources/Lessons for Interwrite IWBs

Contributor – Resources/Lessons for Interwrite PRS


Interwrite Learning

NZ Advisor: Lesson Development