Born and bred in the Nelson area, Anna attended Mapua School, Motueka High School and Waimea College. University of Canterbury and Christchurch Teacher’s College preceded teaching experience at Greymouth High School, Havelock North High School and, after the family started to arrive, short and long term relieving at Kapiti College. It was during one of these long-term relieving stints that she conceived of the idea of a writeon workbook in English. From this small beginning she has built Ryan Publications up to the successful business it is today. “There is life after teaching!”
Mother of 6, now adult, children and foster mother to a variety of often educationally-challenged youngsters, Anna was also able to bring the parent perspective to her writing and so included the teaching notes to enable parents to help their children.
Marriage to Peter, HOD English, has provided her with a unique sounding board as well as mentor and helpmeet.
B.A., Dip. Ed., Dip. Tchg
Martin works part time for Ryan Publications as the web guy and as an occasional business adviser. He studied at Otago University majoring in accounting and computer science.
Martin is married with three children and for his day job works in business intelligence and analytics.