OUR INSTRUCTORS

Ada Xiao

Ada Xiao

Chinese Instructor

Being Chinese by birth and Kiwi by choice, Ada knows China and New Zealand well. She… 

Adam Nachowitz

Adam Nachowitz

Junior Lecturer

Adam Nachowitz is a twenty-year-old student based in Wellington and is delighted to be a part of our…

Alexander Maxwell

Dr Alexander Maxwell, PhD,

History Instructor

Dr Alexander Maxwell, PhD is an Associate Professor of History at Victoria University in Wellington, where he teaches among other things, a course on Soviet history. He is …

Amondi Ouko-Mowbry

Amondi Ouko-Mowbry

Swahili Instructor

Amondi Ouko-Mowbray teaches our Swahili language courses and our Teacher Training Professional Deve…

Anne Cao

Anne Cao, MA

Chinese Instructor

Anne is originally from Beijing. She has worked in a wide range of industries, particularly education, media …

Ann McEwan

Dr Ann McEwan, PhD

Architecture

Ann studied art and architectural history at the University of Canterbury and lectured at the University of…

Ben Tobias

Benjamin Tobias, LLB, LLM

Hebrew Instructor

Benny teaches EarthDiverse’s Hebrew courses. He was born in Israel and was raised as fluent Hebrew …

Briar Taylor-smith

Briar Taylor-Smith, PhD

Restoration Ecologist

Briar is an experienced terrestrial ecologist with a broad range of skills and experience. Since  …

Carola Arriagada

Carola Arriagada

Spanish Instructor

Carola was born and raised in Chile. She has been passionate about learning new skills since …

Cristina Schumacher

Cristina Schumacher, MA

Portuguese Instructor

Cristina is a Brazilian linguist based in New Zealand and an expert in language learning and …

Dayana Carmona

Dayana Carmona

Spanish Instructor

My name is Dayana Carmona, I am from Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, a great…

Dennis Green

Dr Dennis Green, PhD

Hebrew/Jewish/Archaeology …

Dennis holds a PhD from the University of Waikato and is a graduate of the Oxford Center for Postgraduate  …

Esraa Abdelmaksoud

Esraa AbdelMaksoud

Arabic Instructor

My name is Esraa. I was born and raised in Egypt, and I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in pharmaceutic…

Ganga Sudhan

Ganga Sudhan, MED

Tamil Instructor

Ganga teaches our Tamil language courses along with Halimah. Ganga has decades of experience in …

Grace Aislabie

Grace Aislabie

Junior Lecturer

Grace is a third-year student at the University of Canterbury, in Christchurch, working towards…

Hein Laaper

Hein Laaper

German Instructor

I was born in Utrecht, Netherlands, but have lived most of my life in New Zealand. I graduated from …

Hidekazu Oka

Hidekazu Oka

Junior Lecturer

Hidekazu Oka is a 24-year-old originally born in Tokyo, Japan. Before he settled in New Zealand seven years  …

Ifat Vayner

Ifat Vayner- Itzkovitc

Puppeteer-in-Residence, Puppet Education Specialist, Hebrew Instructor

Shalom! שלום ! My name is Ifat Vayner-Itzkovitch, and I have been living in New Zealand for …

Jeroen Van der Most

Jeroen(Jay) Van Der Most, Ma

Dutch Instructor

Jeroen (Jay) van der Most holds a Master’s degree in Sovietology from the …

Jillene Bydder

Jillene Bydder

Instructor

Jillene Bydder’s long-term interest is in spy thrillers and what they can tell us about ourselves. An …

Kalai Krishnan

Kalai Krishnan

Tamil Instructor

Kalai was born and raised in Teluk Intan, Perak in Malaysia until I was 17. Studied my early education in an all …

Kikey Mendoza

Kikey Mendoza

Spanish Instructor

Kikey Mendoza is a well-being worker. She comes from Mexico and is passionate about the Spanish langua…

Leen Al-Hadban

Dr Leen Al-Hadban, PhD

Arabic Instructor

Leen is originally from Iraq, and her mother tongue is Arabic. She came to New Zealand to do her PhD in …

Mac Aksonnit

Machima (Mac) Aksonnit

Thai Instructor

Born in Bangkok, Thailand, Mac has lived in Hamilton for the past 12 years. He has studied multiple languages such as Fre…

Maxine Fraser

Maxine Fraser, BA, Dip. Tchg, Dip. LIS

Instructor

After growing up on a King Country farm, Maxine studied at Auckland University and enjoyed tramping in New Zealand…

Mayssaa Sheik Al Ard

Mayssaa Sheik Al Ard, MA

Arabic Instructor

Mayssaa Sheik Al Ard, our Introductory Arabic instructor, was born to a Syrian father and Egyptian mother and raised in the…

Meg Barlow-Rolleston

Meg Barlow-Rolleston

Junior Lecturer

Meg Barlow-Rolleston is a sixteen-year-old of Māori and Irish descent, who is extremely passionate about her …

Michael Burton-Smith

Michael Burton-Smith

Junior Lecturer

Michael Burton-Smith is a nineteen-year-old student based in New Zealand’s windy capital city and our first… 

Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith

Director/ Operations Manager Titoki LandCare

Nathan has more than 25 years of experience in ecological restoration and consulting …

Norman Franke

Dr Norman Franke, PhD

Instructor

Norman is a Hamilton-based poet, scholar, artist and filmmaker (MA, Hamburg University; PhD. Humboldt Univer…

Pam Chiles

Pam Chiles

Mindfulness Meditation Instructor

Pam is a mindfulness meditation instructor in the Vajrayāna Buddhist tradition and has spent many years …

Pepa Torre

Pepa Torre, MA

Spanish instructor

Pepa comes from Andalucia, in the south of Spain, once the domain of Islam and referred to as Al-Andalus. She is the Chair of the…

Peter Dornauf

Peter Dornauf, MA, DIP TCHG

Instructor

Peter has taught in secondary schools, Wintec and Waikato University collectively for over 25 years. He is a well … 

Saadia Arif

Dr Saadia Arif

Urdu Instructor

Dr Saadia Arif, our new Urdu language instructor, is originally from Pakistan and Urdu is her mother tongue. She was... 

Shifra Gassner

Shifra Gassner, MS Sci Edu

Instructor

For the last five years, Shifra has been teaching a class called Earth Space Science to high school students in Iowa, USA. During…

Taine Blake

Taine Blake

Spanish Instructor

Taine! I’m 24 years old, and I’m a New Zealander. I am a student at Waikato University and study Spanish and linguistics …

Dr. Todd Nachowitz, PHD

Dr Todd Nachowitz, PhD

Hindi / Urdu Instructor

Todd is the Founder and Executive Director of EarthDiverse. He previously taught Religious Studies at the University of Waikato …

Yecenia-Atencio

Yecenia Atencio

Spanish Instructor

My name is Yecenia Atencio, I am from Colombia, a beautiful country in South America. I came to live in New Zealand a year …

Yurika, Japanese Instructor

Yurika Arai

Japanese Instructor

Yurika Arai is our Japanese instructor. She was born in Japan and has been living in Hamilton for nearly 30 years. She has both an M Phil …