Teacher First – The Importance of Wellbeing


Suskya Goodall is a researcher currently exploring the most effective drivers of teacher well-being. In this wide ranging conversation, Suskya reveals and unpacks what she has discovered about well-being practices through her research and recounts how her own teaching experiences led her to this field of expertise.


  • Hauora – Hauora is a Māori philosophy of health unique to New Zealand. The concept of well-being encompasses the physical, mental and emotional, social, and spiritual dimensions of health.
  • Ako – The concept of ako describes a teaching and learning relationship, where the educator is also learning from the student and where educators’ practices are informed by the latest research and are both deliberate and reflective.
  • Kura – a school
  • Te whare tapa whā – A holistic health and wellness model. The four cornerstones of Māori health are whānau (family health), tinana (physical health), hinengaro (mental health) and wairua (spiritual health).

You can find Suskya at LinkedIN

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