Both teachers were granted $5000 for their outstanding achievements after completing The Mind Lab’s Postgraduate Certificate in Digital and Collaborative Learning designed to develop capabilities and skills in response to a new generation of highly digital students.

“Samuel has taken on leadership roles in a short period of time at Manurewa High, and Cloe is exploring ways to use technology to enhance the learning of her visually impaired students. These two award winners are both demonstrating real commitment and enthusiasm to embrace technology and be effective leaders – it is rewarding to see how their new skills have impacted on the children they teach,” says NEXT spokesman Frank Janssen.

Cloe Woodfield

Cloe Woodfield teaches all over the Bay of Plenty through needs-based service BLENNZ, delivering specialist teaching to the visually impaired. For Cloe graduating from The Mind Lab has helped her develop a deeper understanding of accessible technology to support learning, so all students have full access to the curriculum.

“I feel honoured and privileged even to be considered for such award; I’m very thankful for my colleagues who encouraged and supported me through my learning journey. This grant means now I have money aside to pursue my Masters,” Cloe Woodfield said.

Samuel Harris

teaches both History and Social Studies, along with holding positions as Head of History and Across School Leader, for Te Kaahui Ako o Manurewa (The Community of Learning of Manurewa). The Mind Lab helped Samuel develop a critical understanding of new educational policies and practices while boosting his confidence as a leader of education.

“I now have the confidence to step up into leadership roles that I would never have seen myself entering when I first started teaching. The course is so much more than learning how to use technology in your classroom.

“A huge thank you also to my whānau at Manurewa High School for supporting me throughout this process. I’m truly blessed to work in an incredible place with awesome people and amazing students.”

To date, the NEXT Foundation has provided around 4,000 teacher scholarships to fund public school teachers undertaking The Mind Lab’s postgraduate programme.

NEXT Expert Teachers Finalists

2017 Cohort:

  • Sarah Robinson from Timaru Girls’ High School and Marie Donaldson from Waimate
  • High School (collaborative pair)
  • Katie Peters, Waiopehu College

2018 Cohort:

  • Catherine Neidhardt, Papamoa College
  • Kelsey Morgan, Hornby High School


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