Our Staff

The CPD has recruited a team of outstanding educational experts and support staff from within PNG and throughout the world. Meet them here .


Suzanne Savage

Director of Education

Suzanne is from Australia where she was a successful teacher, deputy principal and principal of two large primary schools before becoming principal of The Ela Murray International School in Port Moresby. Since 2012 she has been the IEA’s Director of Education. She is an innovative leader of everything educational in IEA schools, with a passion for improving student outcomes through quality teaching and excellence in schools.


Les Roai

Consulting Principal
Les is a secondary teacher from Manus and has held principals positions in two Government schools before joining the IEA in 1993. He was principal of Coronation College for 8 years and Manager IEA College of TAFE for 4 years . Currently he is the key advisory officer to principals, especially in the areas of school management and governance. he also works with School Boards to improve their effectiveness.


Sally Hughes

Mathematics Adviser
Sally was a primary teacher and curriculum leader in the UK before she moved to PNG in 2005 to work as an adviser at a teacher training college. She joined the IEA in 2007, as a classroom teacher and then as Deputy Principal. She moved to the CPD in 2012, where she has pursued her enthusiasm for the teaching and learning of mathematics. She is also especially interested curriculum development, formative assessment and inquiry learning.

Jeanette Kaizer

Teacher Induction Program (TIPS) Coordinator and IT Adviser
Jeanette is from the USA where she was a primary teacher. She was active in training in personal ICT skills technology integration across the curriculum.  She moved to PNG in 2011, and taught  secondary English and Humanities as well as upper primary at Ela Murray International School. She joined the CPD in 2013. Her main interests are ICT integration and Literacy, but finds learning in all areas of education exciting.


James Masa

Band 1 Coordinator

James is from Manus and East Sepik and taught in a government secondary school before joining IEA as a primary and secondary teacher and then as principal of two schools. His interests are interactive and co-operative teaching strategies for purposeful learning, literacy, especially text types, and the use of concrete materials in teaching numeracy. His quest is to support teachers in improving their teaching skills for effective student learning.


Julie McLean

Literacy Adviser
Julie Mclean is Australian and was a primary teacher in country schools in Queensland for many years before moving to PNG in 1996 where she worked at Tabubil International School as a classroom teacher and Rabaul International School, initially as a classroom teacher and then as a support English teacher across all grades. She has worked as a Schools Adviser with the CPD since 2007. Her passion is literacy and in particular developing a love of reading with students and teachers alike.


Ursula Yimaye

Mathematics Adviser
Ursula is from rainy Lae in PNG. She joined the IEA in 1999 and worked as a classroom teacher, Mentor and Curriculum Deputy Principal before joining the CPD in 2012. She is especially interested in mathematics learning in the early years. She is also enthusiastic about supporting and inspiring Papua New Guinean teachers to persevere with continuous improvement in their roles in their classrooms and as leaders.


Ian Kially

Graphic Designer

From Manus Island, Ian is a highly creative and multitalented graduate Graphic Designer with extensive experience in multimedia, marketing and print design. He worked with major advertising agencies in Port Moresby as a Designer/Art Director and a Design Consultant before joining the IEA in 2004.


Debbie Geno 

Clerical Assistant

Debbie is from Central and Western Provinces and has been working in the CPD since  2008. She and Belinda (see below) both act  as Personal Assistants to the Director of Education and provide a very wide range of administrative and support services for all of the CPD staff. Debbie is also the main receptionist for the CPD.




Belinda Nekira

Clerical Assistant

Belinda is a mix of East Sepik and Madang Provinces. She joined the CPD in 2011. In addition to the duties mentioned above, Belinda takes care of all CPD travel as the advisers move around the country providing their assistance.

Latest News

6 March 2017
Our annual SWAT testing has commenced. We test everyone of our Grade 4, 6 and 8 students in Mathematics, Reading, English Language and Spelling. We develop the tests ourselves to be sure that they are suited to students in a developing country, but we benchmark against international standards.

23 January 2017
The final consultation draft of our new English curriculum has been released and Julie McLean will be very busy this term helping schools to use it for planning. Have a look here and let Julie at the CPD know what you think.