Arrowsmith Program® Cognitive Trainer

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Elizabeth (Lizzie) Coyle is the Arrowsmith Program® lead at Marsden, overseeing its day-to-day implementation with dedication and passion.


With over 30 years in the education sector, Lizzie brings a wealth of experience to her role. Lizzie's teaching career has seen her traverse various roles, both in New Zealand and internationally at primary and secondary levels. She has excelled in specialist teacher positions as well as in traditional classroom settings, showcasing her versatility and adaptability.


Lizzie’s journey at Marsden began in 1996, when she worked in the Primary School for four years. During her time in Marsden Primary, she held the positions of Coordinator of Primary Music and Year 5 class teacher, leaving a lasting impact on both students and colleagues alike.

Specialist Arrowsmith training

After a hiatus, Lizzie returned to Marsden in 2014 as Marsden’s Arrowsmith Program® Cognitive Trainer. In preparation for this role, she embarked on a transformative four-week training course in Toronto, Canada alongside her team teacher, Mary Gavigan. Their cohort comprised 55 worldwide educators, fostering a vibrant exchange of ideas and experiences.


Together, Lizzie and Mary were immersed in a comprehensive curriculum that explored the intersection of neuroscience and education, the founding principles of the Arrowsmith Program®, and cutting-edge research in the field. Their training also encompassed hands-on experience in implementing cognitive exercises integral to the programme.


Energised by newfound knowledge, Lizzie returned to Marsden inspired to implement the Arrowsmith Program®, contributing to the school's commitment to excellence in education.

Passion for student growth

Working alongside inspiring students, supportive families, and dedicated colleagues, Lizzie considers herself fortunate to be part of such a dynamic and inspiring community.

Being part of a student’s journey as they transform and strengthen their cognitive functions and watching them blossom in self-belief and confidence is such a privilege.