An international team committed to learning and well-being.
The Learner First is a woman- and indigenous-owned, regenerative, purposeful company with proven success over ten years of operation.
Putting learners first.
Founder & CEO
Joanne (Waitaha, Ngāti Māmoe, and Ngāi Tahu) has spent over 30 years working as a teacher, principal, superintendent, and education change leader in countries around the world. She is a celebrated author, speaker, change leader, and executive coach, a Fellow of Salzburg Global Seminar, an Edmund Hillary Fellow, on the Executive Team of Karanga: The Global Alliance for Social Emotional Learning and Life Skills, and cofounder of New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL). She creates opportunities for learners, educators, and communities to learn who they are, how they fit into the world, and how they can contribute their gifts to humanity.
Executive Officer, Strategy and Planning