Stephen McConnachie was a classroom teacher for over 11 years. As Director of e-Learning at a large Year 1-13 school, he was responsible for introducing and driving e-learning adoption. In 2017, he was awarded the Jim Campbell National Award for Excellence in Teaching by the New Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers. In 2019, he took on an Across Schools Lead role where he supported other schools’ implementation of the new Digital Technologies/Hangarau Matihiko (DTHM).
With experience in both Google’s G-Suite and Microsoft’s Office 365 platforms, on both Windows and Mac, Stephen meets teachers where they’re at to deliver high-quality professional development in whatever system they use.
Stephen is particularly passionate about supporting ICT leaders to lead their own change processes. He works with leaders to build their leadership capacity and to bring their people with them as they engage with complex change.
Stephen regularly presents keynotes and professional development workshops at schools, tertiary institutions, and conferences around New Zealand. He is also on the steering committee for the Waitaha Regional Digital Equity group, which works across sectors to advance the goals of digital equity in the Waitaha/Canterbury region. Stephen's work has also taken him to Bangladesh to assist with the Bangladesh Education Services and Training (BEST) e-learning project.
Bachelor of Science with Honours, majoring in Mathematics
Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary)
Postgraduate Diploma in Education endorsed in
e-Learning & Digital Technologies, with Distinction
Currently working on Master of Education thesis on digital equity and continuity of learning during New Zealand's COVID-19 school closures
Completed Level 4 Certificate in Te Reo Māori, working on Level 5
Google Certified Educator (Level 2)
Completed Flipped Learning certification Levels 1 and 2