Located within a 10 minute walk from both Otago University and Otago Polytechnic campuses and across the street from the Otago Medical School and Dunedin Public Hospital.
TII is one block from Dunedin’s largest shopping complex and is close to supermarkets, restaurants, cafes and bus routes. Our school really does lie at the heart of the city!
John has been teaching in one form or another since 1991 when he was employed as a Management tutor at the University of Otago. His teaching career has led him overseas to teach English and to teach other teachers how to teach English. Apart from English language teaching, John has taught History, Social Studies, Economics and English at Secondary schools in New Zealand. John is a published author and an educational game developer.
Diploma of Teaching (Secondary)
Post Graduate Diploma of Second Language Teaching
Master of Arts with honours (Applied Linguistics)
Bachelor of Arts (History)
Bachelor of Commerce (Management)
Administration and Student Services Coordinator
Sharon Sun has been working in New Zealand Education industry since 2016 as an Enrolment Coordinator and Office Manager. Her previous experience gave her a better understanding of the New Zealand Education system and qualified her to work with international students. She would like to add value in every step of her life with a sense of accomplishment in whatever she does. Some of her hobbies include reading books, watching movies, listening to music and hiking.
Diploma in Nursing
Diploma in Business Management
Vincent completing his MSc in Biochemistry at the University of Otago in 2002. After working in a research laboratory for a few years, he moved to the UK to teach biology in an Independent school (2005- 2014). He greatly enjoyed this experience, especially building positive relationships with students. After leaving the school, his first stop was Germany where he worked on a small dairy farm for 3 months. Vincent has a long-standing interest in languages, and this gave him the opportunity to improve his German while also experiencing the rural life. He then returned to NZ and completed a teaching diploma at the University of Massey. Vincent joined Talent International in January 2018 and has been greatly enjoying the challenge of teaching English as a second language.
Diploma Secondary Education
Kathy has taught a foreign language (German) and Psychology in Australian High Schools for ten years. She has spent five years in Asia teaching English as a Second Language to adolescents and young adults, firstly in China and then in Vietnam. Kathy has been teaching at this branch for nearly 10 years.
Bachelor of Arts (Hons)
Post Graduate Diploma of Education
My name is Heike Cebulla-Elder and being originally from Germany I moved to New Zealand when I was 27. I have a Masters in Geography and a Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education which I completed in Dunedin after realising that teaching was and is my passion. I have worked in high schools as well and in adult education in Germany, France and New Zealand.
I am very interested in the environment and how to live sustainably. That is why I love living in New Zealand where we have the Maori and English culture living together and learning from each other.
As hobbies I love spending time with my family and we often go for bike rides, play Tennis and Football, go for a tramp or make music together. I also love reading and cooking.
Masters of Arts (Geography)
Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary Education)
Dr Martin Andrews
Martin Andrew has had over 30 years in Education as a lecturer and professor, and is now chiefly a mentor at all levels of education, including in doctoral education. His main passion in Education is helping people to reach their true potential, and to encourage people to succeed in their futures. He’s also teacher educator and language teacher, who has worked extensively in South East Asia and Australasia, including a decade in Australia. He is also an outdoors type who loves the natural world, and this is what brought him home to New Zealand and Dunedin, which has the best hikes and walks anywhere, and is one of the best places to grow produce and create gardens anywhere.
PhD, BA(Hons) (Otago, NZ)
GDipLangT (Unitec NZ),
Certificate in Online Learning (Open UK)
With a background in environmental science, linguistics and languages, Brita has taught English in China, Japan and New Zealand to children, teenagers and adults. She is also involved in the resettlement and language education of former refugees. In her spare time you will usually find her reading, volunteering and studying Chinese, Japanese or Arabic.
Certificate in TEFL
Dip Grad Linguistics
Bachelor of Environmental Management
Healthcare Programme Leader
Kia Ora, ko Linda Kinniburgh tohoku ikoa. Ka mihi ki a koutou.
My role at Tii is the Programme Leader, Healthcare, developing a level seven qualification for International Registered Nurses who seek registration as a nurse in New Zealand.
I am a Registered Nurse, who has lived, worked and been educated in Dunedin. I love this city. I have worked in both public and private healthcare, and nursing education in Dunedin, and also hospital and private nursing in London, England.
My nursing career has given me so many opportunities, most recently developing and coordinating the Enrolled Nurse programme at Otago Polytechnic. Previously I was the Head of School, Nursing, at Otago Polytechnic for 11 years. These experiences consolidated a long career in education, management and leadership.
I am passionate about education and health, and believe cultural safety education as being the most important construct to achieve equitable health outcomes for all. I believe health and education are priorities for everyone’s wellbeing.
I love travelling, having travelled extensively to the UK and around the world, most recently to South America. I love socialising and spending time with my four grandchildren, two in Dunedin and two in Australia.
Registered General Nurse 1972
Bachelor of Arts (Education major) University of Otago 1994
Master of Nursing (Merit) Otago Polytechnic 2007.