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About Me

Literacy lights up lives

Kia ora, nice to meet you! Ko Emma ahau.

I established Sound Foundations for Literacy in 2019 to provide professional support and quality teaching resources to educators and parents. I bring my 15 year background in Speech Language Therapy and a passion for literacy, oral language, and sharing learning with others, to my work as a Literacy Coach partnering with Year 0-13 schools  and ECE centres around New Zealand.

I aim to empower schools to evaluate and improve literacy outcomes at a whole-school systems level by:

  • using evidence aligned assessment tools to identify priority literacy target areas
  • using data to inform and monitor teaching and learning
  • building deep knowledge and practical skills in Structured Literacy for kaiako to develop childrens’ speaking, listening, reading, and writing
  • coaching to build a continuous improvement model where teams reflect, set goals, plan and evaluate together, with children’s learning squarely at the centre.

It is my mission to support you – educators and parents – to grow every child into a successful reader and writer.

Find out more about professional learning opportunities here.

Learn about the resources I have created to support the foundational literacy learning of New Zealand children here.

Emma Nahna

Speech Language Therapist
Literacy Consultant
Professional Learning Facilitator