CORE's Team

Ara Simmons

Accredited Facilitator (English-medium)


2019 Certification in Applied Positive Psychology Coaching (APPC) USA
2018 Certificate Applied Positive Psychology USA
2016 Postgraduate Diploma Specialist Teaching (Learning and Behaviour) Massey University
2015 Certificate Applied Practice (Digital and Collaborative Learning) Mindlab
2010 MA (Hons) Education Auckland University
2009 Graduate Diploma TESSOL Auckland University
1994 PGCE Manchester Metropiltan University UK
1992 BSC (Hons) Chemistry Manchester University UK

Contact details


P: 0800 267 300

M: 021 402 109

Accreditation Number: ACC 900

Region: Auckland

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Professional experience

Prior to joining CORE, Ara has worked alongside schools and their communities to provide specialist support in her role as a Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour (RTLB). Using evidence based practices and a culturally responsive lens, Ara has been able to support teachers and leaders on creating positive and inclusive environments to prepare students for their futures.
Ara has also supported schools on their wellbeing journey, both as an RTLB and in private practice.
Ara has extensive experience both as a Professional mentor for beginning teacher training in the UK where she was responsible for both mentoring and creating learning development opportunities for student teachers and as a learning facilitator at secondary level.


Staff and student wellbeing

  • Develop systems through the use of appreciative inquiry processes to support staff and student wellbeing

Positive Education

  • Develop a shared vision to combine the Science of Positive Psychology with best practice teaching and learning to support students and school wellbeing through a strength’s based approach
  • Support the integration of Mindfulness and Social and Emotional practices within teaching and Learning
  • Support the integration and strengthening of students Resiliency toolkits

Special Education Support

Successfully supporting learning communities to:

  • Support and develop processes, systems, culturally responsive and inclusive practices for successful special education monitoring and development within school.
  • Advice and support on specific special education needs and IEP’s within the school setting
  • Facilitate the use of UDL practices

Mentoring and Coaching

  • Supporting leaders to develop their coaching capabilities

Professional body membership

New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology (NZAPP)

International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA)


2019 Positive Education - open conversation series - Coaching for Wellbeing and Growth

2017 Inaugural Positive Education Conference Christchurch – Mindfulness

2014 RTLB Conference Wellington, Art that sticks! A personal inquiry

Personal statement

“Other people matter”.

With gratitude, I love the work I do in learning and sharing with and from others. To support our tamariki in striving to be the best possible versions of themselves.