Meet The Team - Life Education

Meet The Team


Susan Moran-O’Meagher


Sam Grice


Deb Daines


Raajan Sami


Cathryn Lancaster


Our Educators

Keri Dekkers


Keri has been teaching for over 23 years from Year 3-8. Both private and state schools, in both New Zealand and the UK. Keri has a varied educational career in; school leadership roles, specialist in the performing arts, and gifted and talented education.
Keri lives in Rolleston, Canterbury with her husband, also a teacher, dog and two cats. She loves to travel and is now enjoying exploring the beauty of New Zealand.
“Teaching is not just a career it is a calling. Working with children every day is a great privilege, especially through Health Education. I love being able to provide children with tools that help them deal with problems they are facing and help them understand more about themselves and their growing bodies.”

Jo Atkinson


Jo has been teaching for 20 years in Christchurch Primary Schools. She has taught from year 0-8 during this time. Finally settling into a leadership role at her previous school. Prior to moving into education, Jo was nursing in a private hospital in Christchurch. Working for Life Education Trust enables her to work within her two passions, education and health. Jo considers Life Education her dream job and is very excited to join the team.

Jo is married to Dave and they have two sons, Luke 16 and Oliver 12. They also have two cats and two naughty Miniature Dachshund puppies, who rule their home. In their spare holiday time they travel around NZ in a purpose built bus, exploring, fishing and enjoying all the beauty that is our stunning country.

Helly Robinson


Helly is a New Zealand trained and experienced teacher who has worked in both mainstream and specialist classroom settings.She has recently joined the Canterbury Team of Educators after teaching in the Middle East and South East Asia for several years. Helly has returned to New Zealand and has made Rangiora home. Enjoying skiing in the winter and mountain biking in the summer with her husband and two teenage boys. She has a strong commitment to the students that she works with. Helly loves seeing children thrive through learning and feels it is an honor and a privilege to be part of their learning journey.

Trust Manager

Michael Stanley

Community Engagement Manager

Starting his working life as a Registered Nurse Michael has a passion for empowering people and improving their health and wellbeing. More recently Michael has worked for Profit for purpose organisation in community development and partnership roles at a senior level. He loves building relationships that lead to outcome that benefits all stakeholders and most importantly help change and empower individuals and communities.

Michael is married to his wonderful wife Astrid and they have two children Alex and Max who are excited that Harold is his boss!.

Together in their spare time working in their garden (which recently included adding their first be hive). Michael also enjoys traveling, camping and sailing (which he wishes he had more time for).