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Joanne McEachen is an internationally recognized educational expert now based in Seattle, Washington, where she has recently set up her own education consulting business, The Learner First, LLC. She has nearly three decades of experience in education and a successful track record working at multiple levels in the system – as a school principal, a regional administrator, and national manager for the Ministry of Education in New Zealand.
Joanne has seen firsthand the importance of involving parents in their children’s education and knows the positive difference it can make. She has led and managed countrywide education change initiatives by focusing on the most important outcomes and the fundamental values focused on learners, driving the educational change, regardless of the obstacles.
Articulate, persuasive, and a great change leader, Joanne’s projects result in success for students. Joanne believes that there is an urgent need in education today to stop the blame game for the systemic failure of the groups of children who are continuously being underserved – it’s time to get on with it!
“All children have a right to high-quality education that enables them to make choices about how they want to live their lives,” says Joanne. She is relentless in her pursuit to reform education and believes every child can and will be a successful learner.