Janita & Kate
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Janita & Kate

Janita Carlyon & Kate Imlach are our incredible Customer Service team.

Janita is the glue that holds Head Held High together, the grease that keeps our cogs spinning, AND the caffeine in our coffee!

Kate is a dynamo of energy and passion, and we're sure that you will love the burst of energy and positivity you get when you communicate with her.

If there’s anything that Janita and Kate don't know between them about Head Held High enrolments, administration, and invoicing, it’s not worth knowing, so fire your questions (and praise) at them, using the form below.

Note: the form will automatically direct your message to Janita or Kate, depending on which of our venues you are enquiring about.

Please contact the Customer Service team for any of the following types of enquiries:

Payments enquiries • Change of class requests • General HHH topics

Ashleigh
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Ashleigh

Bachelor of Arts (Film, TV, media studies & psychology)

Ashleigh has worked as a television presenter, actor, and voice-over artist. Once a member of the Young Shakespeare Company of NZ which saw her perform at the Globe Theatre in London. She's even acted alongside Sam Neill!

Ashleigh is passionate about helping children develop communication skills to prepare them for a confident future. her classes are fun, energetic and of course a little dramatic!

Ashleigh saw The Lion King re-make and cried the whole way through... she’s a soft soul who LOVES her Disney classics!

JJ
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JJ

Diploma in commercial dance and musical theatre (Wellington Performing Arts Centre).

JJ is a working actress in the NZ screen industry, having starred and co-starred on shows like Go Girls, Shortland Street, Stepdave and the Brokenwood Mysteries, she also co-produces webseries’ with her friends in their company Flat3 Productions.

JJ loves to have fun in her classes, and always be up on her feet and creating with her students.

JJ is used to being the odd kid, and champions embracing your individuality!

Zoe
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Zoe

ATCL in speech & drama, Graduate Diploma (Drama & Movement Therapy) and ESOL qualification.

Zoe feels she has been teaching all her adult life. In all her work she passionately believes and teaches the importance of communication and the right for everyone to express themselves freely and confidently.

Zoe loves to teach the joy of expressing feelings, freely and positively which is so important for mental health. In her spare time, Zoe paints pictures and gardens.

“Speech is the mirror of the soul, as the man, so is his speech.” - Syrus

Kate
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Kate

A coach of TEDx speakers, Kate Laurence is the Director and Founder of Head Held High. Kate has been teaching confident communication for 14 years. She is a qualified secondary school teacher with a passion for helping others realise their potential. Kate’s knowledge, authentic nature and genuine empathy sow the seeds for incredible growth in the people she works with.

Erica
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Erica

Erica Kröger is our HHH Head Teacher, actress, voice-over artist, and presenter. She has her Masters in Drama (with Honours). For the past 7 years, Erica has worked with adults building confidence and resilience. Her mastery skill set combined with her experience and teaching methodology based on positivity and authenticity, gets real and lasting results with her clients.

Erica
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Erica

Erica is a teaching dynamo, and as well as being one of the best in the business herself, is also a fantastic mentor to our teaching team.

Erica can also be reached using the form below, and is your best contact to use for the following topics:

Chat about your child’s existing HHH teacher • Curriculum questions

Lydia
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Lydia

Bachelor of Arts majoring in both Theatre and English Literature.

Lydia moved up from Wellington three years ago where she worked extensively in theatre.

She is passionate about helping young people find their own voice.

Lydia loves acting, and how you can use it 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.

Lydia is happiest when…
she is in a body of water, or dancing.

Fiona
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Fiona

Gold Medal LAMDA qualification, BA Hons in English Literature and Theatre, Diploma from The Actors Program, Auckland.

Fiona has worked as a speech and drama teacher, actor and theatre director for the last 10 years.

Fiona's classes are lots of FUN and students are encouraged to play and stretch their imaginations, as well as being challenged and encouraged to make new discoveries each week.

Fiona moved from London to Taranaki and spent 6 months as a sheep farmer!

Ben
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Ben

ATCL in Musical Theatre, ATCL in Performance, NZ Speech Board Diploma
Acting Diploma through "The Actors Program".

Ben has had acting and theatrical success on both stage and screen and has a wealth of knowledge he's eager pass on to NZ youth!

Ben’s classes have a focus on inner confidence to help students lift themselves up and achieve whatever they put their minds to.

Fun fact about Ben:

His Favourite movie is "Grease", and when he was 4 years old he would watch it at least 3 times a day!

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