What others say...


I have worked with Carol over the past 9 years.  Carol expertly facilitates a range of highly effective, professionally challenging and pedagogically sound professional learning, which includes; teaching as inquiry, coaching and mentoring, leadership development and principal appraisal. Carol is a talented, well-prepared and skilled facilitator who draws on extensive research and relevant experience to support her work. Carol's professional and astute approach, coupled with her keen sense of humour are the reasons I have sought her facilitation year after year. 


Regan Orr


Central Normal School

Palmerston North

Carol has been a major influence in my leadership development over the last 6 years. She has been my coach, mentor and appraiser. Carol knows me, my school and my work. Through coaching, discussion and professional reading she challenges me to look deeper, to reflect and to plan actionable next steps. Carol brings leadership experience, professional knowledge and a personal approach in her work.

Brya Dixon


Marton Primary School


Carol has been working with me and our team here at Pahiatua School for the past 7+ years. Carol's wealth of experience across leadership development has been key to helping me enhance and develop my leadership skills during this time.  I am constantly challenged and inspired by Carol. Her extensive knowledge and experience of pedagogy and leadership have been a vital component in my own professional growth during this time.


David Jackson

Deputy Principal

Pahiatua School



Kaimata school has worked with edLead and in particular Nadia for the past 5 years. 

We are better leaders, better teachers, and a better school because of her input. The range of up to date skills and knowledge that she brings to our hui ensures that we are a reflective and proactive school, that values the achievement and welfare of students, teachers and our wider school community.

I feel constantly challenged and supported at the same time; and know that by challenging myself, I also challenge the school to step up to be the best we can be.

Nadia has a particular knack of bringing out the best in you; by asking challenging and aspirational questions for us to inquire into.

The comfort I get from knowing that edLead is up to date with the latest educational thinking and legislation cannot be quantified.

Kaimata School respects the relationship we have with Nadia and edLead and promotes them as visionary and professional.


Richard Anderson

Past Principal Kaimata School

Current Principal Fitzroy School

Nadia has been very professional and thorough in all her work at St Pius X School.  She has been part of a process of change that could not have occurred without her input as a facilitator.

Principal Appraisal 

As a beginning Principal I have been extremely fortunate to have had Nadia’s expert support and guidance during my first three years.  She is extremely knowledgeable with a great amount of practical advice and guidance. 

She has excellent facilitation skills which she demonstrates by being well organised, clear in her delivery and intuitive in her approach when working with myself and my Board Chair. 

In-school leadership - PLG

Nadia is open-minded and approachable and allows the opportunity for all of our leadership team to contribute.  Nadia’s insightful questions ensure our intended decisions and actions are thoroughly critiqued.  She helps us keep student achievement at the centre of all that we do. This has been integral to our growth.

Anna Wormald


St Pius X School

New Plymouth

Our leadership team have been using Nadia Ballantine as a coach, mentor and facilitator of our leadership development for many years.  She tailors her delivery to support our needs and collaborates with our team well in advance to set our focus.  She is well read, well prepared and incredibly real in her delivery and authentic support.  Much of the leadership growth in our school can be attributed to the work we have done with Nadia.  As a Principal appraiser, our BOT Chair and I have been impressed with how Nadia can create and support the monitoring of goals from the rich discussions that she helps us to have across the year.  The appraisal system allows for personal and professional growth in a supportive forum.

Mike Dowd

Principal, St Joseph’s School, New Plymouth

Co-leader of New Plymouth Principals Association

Woodleigh School has enjoyed a long lasting and very productive educational partnership with Nadia. This partnership is based on trust, collaboration, professionalism and purpose.

Nadia has consistently invested her extensive knowledge, coaching, mentoring and facilitation skills to support, encourage and guide school development and the development of school leaders. Nadia is extremely well prepared, communicates very effectively and is able to foster a reflective environment in which all people are at ease and feel valued. It is within this environment that our team is able to individually, and collectively, be proactive and forward thinking in the pursuit of desired outcomes for our learners and our school.

Clyde Pearce

Principal Woodleigh School

New Plymouth

As an Assistant Principal and Team Leader I have had the pleasure of working with Nadia for a number of years in both a group and individual capacity.

I find her knowledge invaluable in supporting my role and development as a leader. She is constantly keeping up to date with new approaches in education and legislation and shares this knowledge in a meaningful way.

I find her expertise on teamwork and leadership skills inspirational but yet practical. I have had much success implementing many strategies that have improved the collaboration in our teams.

Her 1 on 1 coaching sessions have ensured that I have been supported in my role but also challenged to keep growing as a leader. Nadia has become my 'go to' person when I need some inspiration or advice on navigating the multi layered role of leadership. I always come away from sessions inspired and motivated to learn more.

Cara Rankin

Associate Principal & Team Leader

Woodleigh School New Plymouth