“Ahakoa he iti he pounamu”

Although it is small, it is something precious and treasured from the heart

About - Sue Lyon
Programme Developer

Nau Mai Haere Mai – Welcome

The Being My Best programme helps build resilience, confidence and reduces anxiety in our tamariki. It offers support for parents/caregivers, so they can use the resilience strategies themselves and assist in implementing the skills taught at school, into their whānau.

Susan Lyon, who has developed the Being My Best programme, is committed to honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi and deeply respects and values all people that make up our multi-cultural society within Aotearoa.

Sue is a registered teacher with more than 30 years of experience in multi-cultural settings, as well as extensive experience in resilience training for young children and families over the past ten years.

During this time Sue has taught in Christchurch, South Auckland as a Senior Teacher, Deputy Principal and Acting Principal at Mauke Primary, in the Cook Islands and a teacher at Leamington School in Cambridge. She also trained in The Virtues Project and Mindfulness.

Sue has been facilitating the Being My Best programme in a number of schools in the Waikato district, with very positive outcomes. Because of the increased demand of children and families needing support, Sue has written the Being My Best Facilitator’s Manual so she can train other teachers and Social workers nationwide, to facilitate the programme within a school and/or community setting.

Sue has always been very passionate about working with children and their whānau, especially in supporting resilience, confidence, self-esteem and resolving conflict in a peaceful manner.

She feels strongly that helping to empower families by equipping them with resilience and coping strategies and positive ways to develop their character, is crucial to the positive development of the individual, whānau, community and the nation as a whole.

Read our testimonials to find out how schools, teachers and parents have benefited by using the tools that the “Being my Best” programme offers.