Mrs Lynda Garrett

MEd, BA, DipTchg


Lynda is a passionate supporter of student teachers, and teacher practitioners, as they develop their abilities to effectively differentiate teaching and learning experiences in our primary school classrooms. My research interests to-date, have been centred around a particular interest in the talent development process for young gifted and talented students.

Previous professional experience

  • 25 years' experience, working in educational areas:
    • 10 years involvement in facilitating and leadership roles at a local, regional and national level within NZ Playcentre Association
    • 15 years as a trained primary teacher
  • Gifted Education advisor for Auckland area primary schools, 2001
  • G2 Deputy Principal of a G5 primary school 1998 - 2000 (Thames South School) with overall responsibility for curriculum development schoolwide, whole school development and whole staff professional development

Research | Current

  • Talent development process for young gifted and talented students
  • Socio-emotional aspects of giftedness
  • Teacher expectations of young gifted and talented students
  • Young gifted and talented students perceptions of teacher expectations
  • Qualitative research with an emphasis on ‘student voice’

Research Projects:

  • 2011- 13 Senior Researcher in the Marsden project entitled Teacher Expectations. To-date the focus has been on collecting initial data from teachers and students in schools, participating in workshops led by Associate-Professor Christine Rubie-Davies, for intervention teachers, and acting in an advisory role within two participating schools

Teaching | Current

  • Effective differentiation of teaching and learning
  • Potentiating classrooms
  • Inclusive provision
  • Use of assessment to enhance teacher effectiveness and student achievement
  • Young gifted and talented learners


  • BEd (Tchg)
    • EDPROFST 205 Promoting achievement for diverse learners
    • EDPROFST 604 Raising student achievement
    • EDPROFST 319 Teaching gifted and talented students
  • Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Primary) EDPROFST 608 A and B Learning and teaching in NZ
  • BA (General Education) EDUC 316 Gifted Education

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Graduate Diploma in Teaching Primary Co-ordinators committee
  • Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Programme Subcommittee of the TE Programmes Committee
  • LDPP Teaching and Learning Committee
  • Member of GiftEDnz
  • Member of WCGTC (World Council of Gifted and Talented Children)
  • Regular meetings with Auckland-based gifted education consultants.
  • I value and foster links with effective practitioners in schools.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 5, Room 521
New Zealand

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