About us


SLD Nelson teachers are qualified and experienced to teach students with specific learning disabilities.  They participate in regular professional development.  There are two NZCER Registered Level C cognitive and educational assessors.

SLD Nelson was established in 1987 as an incorporated society under its former name SPELD Nelson.  It is a not- for- profit organization registered with the Charities Commission, supported by grants, fundraising and donations.

SLD Nelson is a member of the Learning Disabilities Association of New Zealand (LDANZ Inc) established in 2011.  If you are interested in teacher training with LDANZ please contact Tessa Whiteman tessawhiteman@xtra.co.nz

There is a resource library of books and educational games available free of charge to members.


Our Teachers

SLD Nelson Inc has teachers working in the Nelson, Tasman and Golden Bay areas.

Teachers work one-to-one with students at their schools, or at the homes of the teachers or at the student’s home – both during and outside school hours.

Lessons are tailored to the specific needs of the student and cost $50 an hour. There is some assistance with funding lessons in cases of hardship.


List of Teachers

Susie Cowper

Elise Jenkin

Tracey Murray

Elizabeth O’Connor

Tessa Whiteman

Philippa Winch


SLD Nelson Inc has three Life Members

Mary Gavin

Jean McConachie

Gill Van Dyk