Lynette is the longest serving staff member on AUT University’s NZSL interpreting programme. She has made a huge contribution to the training of NZSL interpreters over the years and with high expectations from the Deaf community, has produced graduates of a high calibre.
Lynette started out as a language assistant at the Auckland Institute of Technology from July 1992 to December 1993. At the same time she became an evening NZSL lecturer at the same institute from 1992 to 1997. Lynette worked as a lecturer during the year of 1998 and then returned as a permanent lecturer in 2000, teaching NZSL and Deaf Community and Culture papers at various levels. From 2003 to 2006 and 2011 to 2012, she served as the Programme Co-ordinator for the sign language interpreting programme. She has been chiefly responsible for organising the much loved NZSL Weekend camps for interpreting students, mostly at Kawau Island in the Hauraki Gulf.
Lynette was awarded the AUT University Distinguished Teaching Award in 2006. She was championed for her quality of teaching and production of NZSL resources such as developing a DVD library and NZSL CD-Rom interactive resource for NZSL interpreting students.
Lynette graduated with a Master of Arts (M.A.) with Honours in Applied Language Studies in 2009. She investigated how NZSL interpreting students accessed NZSL learning opportunities in the social context. She also was the Compilation Editor for The Online Dictionary of NZSL project team at Victoria University of Wellington from 2009 to 2011.