Head Held High is a school of confidence! We teach our itinerant Speech and Drama programme in Auckland schools and venues. We are committed to building the confidence, communication skills and creativity of our clients. We love what we do! Our incredibly talented, warm and energetic team are making a positive difference, everyday.
Kate’s positivity is infectious, she is passionate about what she does and what she does is great. Kate directed a group of senior students who gained the top mark in New Zealand (98%) in a Trinity Grade 8 exam.
As a child… she did jobs for her older brother and sister and they paid her in Monopoly money! Little did she know, she couldn’t cash it in for k-bars.
If Holly was a superhero… she’d be Elastigirl!
You would never have guessed... but in her "spare time", Krystel works as a dentist.
Kelly has taught drama for over 13 years and is currently the Deputy Principal of the Howick Children’s and Youth Theatre. She is an actor, director, trained drama and ballroom dance teacher. She is involved in various types of theatre from Musical Theatre to Shakespeare. Her students hold a distinction average in the Trinity College of London examinations. Some of her students have been awarded 100% in their exams (which is very rare). Kelly is passionate about inspiring and motivating students to discover their full potential, unlock creativity and create long-term confidence.
Kelly loves… travelling and visiting new and amazing places around the world
Kate has a youthful, warm energy that brings enthusiasm and brightness to the classroom. She has worked as a Speech and Drama teacher for four years in both Auckland and Palmerston North.
Outside of the classroom, Kate is an aspiring karaoke superstar but her day job at the moment is as a student of Communication Design at AUT. If you ever need an little design jobs done- Kate's your girl!
Nicole loves… animals, especially her 2 cats Bella and Boston.
Erica works as an actor, voice over artist and presenter with a Masters in Drama. She has also completed her Grade 8 Trinity Speech and Drama. Erica has worked with adults in building confidence and resilience and is passionate about instilling these vital life skills in children. She has a seven year old son and believes unleashing creativity in children helps them discover and reach their full potential.
Erica has... a small obsession with elephants which she has collected from all over the world.
Kylie has a B.Ed. Primary and is a dedicated and enthusiastic educator who is driven by creating meaningful learning experiences in the Performing Arts for Tamariki. Kylie has specialised skills in integrating drama with other curriculum areas within a primary school context. Implementing student led productions with a cast of over 100 students has been a highlight of her career. Kylie is passionate about fostering children’s development and confidence through the arts.
When she’s not in the classroom…Kylie enjoys the great outdoors. Particularly sailing with her family, exploring the treasures of Aotearoa.
Lydia moved up from Wellington two years ago where she worked extensively in Theatre. She is passionate about helping young people find their own voice. She loves acting, and how you can use that to discover differences in yourself and learn to use those differences as strengths. She is a face painter, balloon twister and fairy who also helps run a motel.
She is happiest when…she is in a body of water or dancing.
While she doesn’t juggle with fire, Del has a lot of irons in the fire! Author, entrepreneur and educator to name a few.
As an educator, Del has been a specialist Speech and Drama, Public Speaking and Communication teacher for the last 20 years. She works with a broad range of people of all ages and she has developed a unique and successful style of coaching that ensures that her get outcomes that last.
In what spare time she does have she loves hanging out with her kids and watching films (especially NZ ones)
My passion is photography so in my spare time(hmm… what’s that?), I am starting to build my business, mainly focusing on multi generational family portraits which is so exciting as my dream is starting to unfold. If I was a superhero, I would be Iron(wo)man - to be able to fly around would just be awesome!