We are a woman- and indigenous-owned, regenerative, purposeful company with proven success over ten years of operation.

Joanne McEachen

Waitaha, Ngāti Māmoe, and Ngāi Tahu
Global Education Expert
Founder, The Learner First

Joanne McEachen, Waitaha, Ngāti Māmoe and Ngāi Tahu, is the Founder of The Learner First, a global education consultancy operating across the globe. She is a bestselling author with 35+ years of experience as a teacher, principal, regional Ministry of Education leader in New Zealand, and now a globally recognized pioneer in the fields of educational design, assessment, and well-being.

Contributive Learning™ was developed to help school communities design purposeful learning experiences, measure the outcomes that matter, and guide every student to academic success and well-being. Joanne embeds a social, emotional, and cultural commitment to all students and educators, reflecting their identities, cultures, and aspirations in what, how, and where they learn.

Joanne has also founded the Kia Kotahi Ako Charitable Trust, focusing on how indigenous knowledge can inform educational and environmental solutions. She is on the Executive Committee for Karanga: The Global Alliance for Social Emotional Learning and Life Skills, serves on the Education New Zealand: North America Advisory Board | Manapou ki te Ao and The People for Education Canada Board, is an Edmund Hillary Fellow and a Fellow of Salzburg Global Seminar, and is co-founder of New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL). Through these roles she creates opportunities for students, educators, and communities to learn who they are, how they fit into the world, and how they can contribute their gifts to humanity.

We contribute to the greatest extent when we know who we are, feel connected, and pair knowledge with competency.

Deb Dunstone

CEO

Deb Dunstone is a strategic senior executive with an extensive career as a Deputy Director-General, Early Childhood and Educational Improvement and was the inaugural Assistant Director-General for Disability and Inclusion in the Queensland Education system in Australia. She has had a career spanning over 30 years as a teacher, Principal, School Supervisor, Regional Director and Senior Executive. Her passion and strong track record on school and system improvement resulted in the most significant cultural change in school and early childhood settings in the agency through the development of the Inclusive Education policy. She led the implementation of the 17 recommendations of the Deloitte review into Disability and Inclusion in the state schooling system. Deb is well positioned to support systems and school around the moral purpose for change to ensure every student is known, understood and supported in their learning journey. Culture, wellbeing and inclusion is the heart of teaching and having lived and worked across some of the most diverse communities in Queensland Deb is well positioned to support schools, communities and systems to reflect on the needs of their learners and the contribution we want all young people to make to this world. Education is the most powerful tool we have to change lives!

Meet Our Team of Experts

Andrew Boyd
Chief Financial Officer

Washington | USA

Mary Coverdale
Executive Director

Melbourne |Australia

Beth Hamilton
Executive Director

California | USA

Rob Proffitt-White
Executive Director of Maths

New Zealand

Maree Neilson
Executive Director

Brisbane | Australia

Chris Dench
Director

Australia

Stephen Bell
Director

Australia

Anne Reece
Director

USA

Sue Pine
Director of Maths

New Zealand

Marie Hirst
Director of Maths

New Zealand

Jen Benson
Director

USA

Tara Gray
Director

USA

Dr. Jo Knox
Director of Maths

New Zealand

Michelle Tieppo
Business Manager

Australia

Contributive Learning™  develops self-understanding, connection, knowledge, and competency.

When these come together, we add to the world. And that leads to meaning, fulfillment, and well-being.

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Develop self-understanding.
Cultivate knowledge.
Foster competency.
Make connections.

Don’t bring down—lift people up.
Don’t subtract—add to the world.

Learn to contribute, in your way, every day.