Sabina Cleary

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Accredited Secondary Science Facilitator specialising in:

  • -Professional learning clusters
    -Teaching as inquiry
    -Engaging diverse learners
    -Assessment for and as learning
    -Science capabilities
    -Future-focussed learning spaces
    -Safety in school science laboratories
    -External department reviews

About Sabina

I grew up in a large family in Tāmaki Makaurau, spending holidays mostly at Waihi Beach.  I started out as a medical technologist at Starship Hospital in Cytogenetics, then became a sales rep, then product manager for Biolab Scientific. In 2002 I trained as a teacher and my son Benjamin and I moved to Ōtautahi. I taught Science, Biotechnology, Chemistry at Villa Maria College where I was also the Specialist Classroom Teacher. From 2011 to  2016 I worked as a curriculum and learning facilitator at UC Education Plus. I am a past President of the New Zealand Association of Science Educators and remain on the executive of the association. 

The Passion to Make a Difference

I am  passionate about science education and increasing learner engagement and achievement in science. I understand the role of digital technologies in science education and how to maximise their use in and out of the classroom. I have been involved in the revision of the Code of Practice for School Exempt Laboratories and have facilitated workshops throughout the country on this topic.   

The New Zealand curriculum is an empowering curriculum which affords the opportunity for schools and teachers to provide rich, relevant and responsive experiences for all students so that they leave school ready to participate and contribute in their communities, their country and the world.  As an education community we need to strive to continually improve our practices so that we meet the needs of a diverse range of students and ensure we provide equitable opportunities for all of our ākonga to ensure that each of them succeed.

The teachers who made the biggest difference for me where those who took an interest in me and my learning (and could pronounce my name correctly!). They also had a passion for their subject and for learning. I hope that the people who work with me feel that I have challenged, encouraged and supported them to develop their own professional learning. In doing so they are supported to continually reflect and build on their existing knowledge and skills, in order to expand their practice, so that they provide safe and high quality learning experiences for each of their students. 


-Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science
-Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning
-Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Professional Development.
-I am currently working on my PhD thesis, “The complexity of shifting science teachers' beliefs and practices around the purpose of science education for diverse learner."