Why does educator wellbeing matter for students?

In this interview, Stephen and Denise discuss his staff’s wellbeing journey where they explored the underpinnings of wellbeing and adapting wellbeing models to their school context. Rāroa School wanted a model that was easily understood by the community and reflected the school’s values. Learn how Rāroa gave their students access to teachers who understand what wellbeing looks like and are embedding it in their own lives and work.


Stephen Eames is Deputy Principal and a wellbeing leader at Rāroa Normal Intermediate School in Wellington, New Zealand. He is a highly motivated, student-focused educator who is committed to the development of students and staff. Implementing 21st-century ideas through a pedagogy first approach, Stephen is continually exploring modern learning practices to increase engagement and raise achievement.