Reshma Patel-Harman

Reshma is a facilitator for Momentum Learning.  She has a rich and diverse background in education, with over 30 years of experience in teaching, leading and facilitating.   Reshma believes that whanaungatanga and manaakitanga are the core pillars of building on maatauranga. She is a passionate, capable, knowledgeable educator who strives to provide the very best opportunities for all learners.  Reshma always looks to find creative ways that teachers can adapt programs to be inclusive and flexible.

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Through her teaching and professional facilitation with a range of educators from teachers to principals, she demonstrates a thorough understanding of effective pedagogy, and effective teaching and learning practices.  Reshma is well read and has a good knowledge of current research and enjoys finding new possibilities in which learning is engaging, relevant and is driven by a moral context and kaitiatanga.

Her delivery method is motivated professionals to aspire to be their best through coaching and mentoring. She uses Te Reo Māori to bring Cultural Responsive pedagogies perspectives to the forefront.  Schools she works with comment positively in relation to her interactions, professionalism and quality of support.


Maa te huruhuru, ka rere kotahingaa taanagata.

Adorn people with feathers so they can fly and weave together as one.

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With extensive leadership and teaching experience in both Primary and Secondary contexts, Reshma’s experience includes:

  • Across School Leader for Te Puna o Kemureti

  • Deputy Principal - Hautapu School

  • Numeracy Facilitator at Waikato University

  • Specialist area include Maths, Assessment, Culture

  • Dance and Drama Co-ordinator

  • Developing and teaching Te reo Tikanga Program for years 1-8

  • Teaching in schools both in NZ and UK

  • Waikato Wai Maths Committee member

  • Waikato AP/DP Committee member

  • Widely travelled and passion for culture


Areas of Expertise:

  • Culturally Responsive Pedagogies

  • Critical Conversations

  • Developing Learner Agency

  • Coaching and Mentoring

  • Math Connections

  • Learning and assessment with Key Competencies

  • Teaching as Inquiry

  • Community Partnerships

  • Learner Agency

  • Needs based programs and learning through differentiation and passion

  • Curriculum integration driven by moral purpose, Key competencies and Emotional Intelligence


Reshma’s Qualifications include:

  • Completing Master’s in Educational Leadership 2019

  • Bachelor of Education

  • Diploma of Teaching with Distinction

  • Level 4 Te reo Maori Te Wananga Aotearoa