My family and I have lived in South Auckland all our lives. Philip and I have three children. Olivia, 24, Gretta, 22 and Dominic, 20.
I have taught in a variety of schools throughout Auckland. Prior to coming to Clevedon School I worked alongside Professor John Hattie at the University of Auckland and prior to that I led the Year 7/8 Department at Baradene College in Remuera.
My previous role was one of leading professional development for teachers around implementing our revised New Zealand Curriculum and the National Standards. I have also spent time in New Zealand, Australia and throughout Asia presenting with John Hattie on his research about raising student achievement. It is a passion of mine to assist teachers in ensuring that our students are both progressing and achieving to their potential across the curriculum.
Currently on maternity leave
I am thrilled to be part of the Clevedon team. I am passionate about teaching and learning and helping children grow up in a happy learning environment where all are encouraged to reach their full potential. My passion for education has taken me from South Auckland, where I started my teaching career to the Middle East, where I worked as a consultant with a NZ company assisting to establish new independent schools. I then moved onto Hong Kong where I lived and worked for 4.5 years at an international school. I am very happy to be home and working at this lovely school. Besides my love for teaching, I also love to travel, learn about different cultures and shop for the perfect pair of shoes and handbags!
Currently on maternity leave
I am very excited to be a part of the Clevedon School teaching team for another year. I have enjoyed many roles in education and I am particularly passionate about teaching in the Junior School. I feel so lucky to be in a job where I love coming to work everyday!
I look forward to working alongside the students and parents at Clevedon School this year. Outside of school I love to sing, go snowboarding and spend time with my family and friends. In 2016 I was blessed to have a beautiful little boy named Cooper, who takes up most of my time now.
It is a privilege to be part of the team here at Clevedon School this year. I have been teaching for a number of years and have experienced all year levels but have a particular passion for the middle school. Prior to coming to Clevedon I worked in two large East Auckland schools in a senior leader role (AP/DP). I am looking forward to working with our learners and meeting their families.
On a personal note Mark and I are parents to two beautiful, busy, little boys. I also enjoy going to the beach and catching up with friends and family.
Year 7/8 team leader (room 1)
Kia Ora. I am looking forward to continuing to work with the students and community of Clevedon school. I have been teaching for 12 years at a range of Auckland schools, where I have been able to develop my passion for e-Learning. I enjoy working with year 7 and 8 students and supporting their development as capable independent learners. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, swimming, fishing and gradual house improvements.
Year 7/8 Teacher (room 2)
I have taught in a number of schools in Auckland, prior to joining Clevedon School. I have also been fortunate to teach in the United Kingdom and experience school life there. Once again, I will be working with the Kōwhai team and enjoying the challenges that an e-Learning class brings. My other teaching passions include music, mathematics and visual art. I am excited to be part of the Clevedon School community and look forward to another great year.
Year 7/8 teacher (room 3)
I am delighted to be a part of the Clevedon School team. Over the last 5 years, I have taught at Balmoral School and Takanini School. Prior to teaching I worked in the performing arts and then the ski industry, both of which have now become beloved hobbies. I love being a teacher, especially of intermediate age children, and it is a joy to share with them my passion for the arts, reading, writing and maths, oh, and for life in general, really! I believe in fostering every child’s innate curiosity and helping them take ownership of being the best they can be.
Year 6/7 teacher (room 4)
I am very excited to be a part of Clevedon School this year. I enjoy teaching in the senior school and I like to challenge them to achieve their best in life. I have a passion for maths teaching in particular, but absolutely love teaching all areas of the curriculum. I have ridden horses my entire life, and compete frequently in eventing. I look forward to meeting you throughout the year.
Year 4/5/6 team leader (room 7)
Kia ora koutou. I am excited to bring my passion for inquiry learning to Clevedon School. I strongly believe that a balanced approach to education which values skills, attitudes as well as knowledge will best foster lifelong learning. I have taught in Auckland for the last few years in a 1:1 iPad classroom. I enjoy discovering the individual traits and characteristics of every learner, and helping them use these to realise their potential.
Year 4/5 teacher (room 8)
I feel very privileged to be a part of the Clevedon School team. I have recently returned from teaching and travelling overseas where I got to work in many different schools, but I must say there is nothing quite like home! I grew up in Howick and spend most of my time either out on the water in the summer, or snowboarding on the mountain in the winter. I am passionate about education and enjoy helping shape our young students into lifelong learners. I can’t wait to see what the year ahead has in store for us.
Year 5 teacher (room 6)
Year 3/4 teacher (room 10 Wednesday - Friday)
I am really excited to be a part of the team at Clevedon School. I am now in my ninth year of teaching and have a real passion for teaching and learning. I enjoy watching children grow and learn through the many challenges and tasks they're presented with. I grew up in Zimbabwe and have only travelled to a few places around the world, so would like to do more of this in the future. In my spare time I like to go fishing, hunting, camping and spend time with my friends and family.
Year 3/4 teacher (room 10 Monday and Tuesday)
My husband and I moved to Kawakawa Bay mid 2014, wanting to embrace the life-style of rural living. I have taught in many schools, and at many levels, over many years and I am thrilled to be continuing my learning journey at Clevedon School and taking on the adventures of an e-learning class. I am passionate about fostering the needs of every learner to ensure their individual learning needs are met, in an environment of inclusiveness where they can take ownership of being the best they can be. When not teaching I love gardening and going on travel adventures.
Year 5/6 teacher (room 9)
I am thrilled to be a member of the Clevedon School community. Teaching has always been a vocation for me and I consider myself blessed to be able to earn my living doing something that I love so much. I am passionately committed to creating a nurturing learning environment in which students are empowered to take ownership of their learning and become the best that they can be. Originally from South Africa, I have taught in a number of schools in New Zealand, mostly in Year 5/6 classes. Now that my children are older, my husband and I enjoy travelling around this beautiful country of Aotearoa in our motorhome whenever we can.
Year 5/6 teacher (room 9)
I’m thrilled to be sharing room 9 with Mrs Henkin this year and being a part of the Clevedon School team. Having three children at the school, and working as a relief teacher here for several years, I know my way around the place! I love being a teacher and enjoy sharing my passion for learning with the students, especially when it comes to reading, health & physical education, and science. This year in room 9 I hope to foster our students' natural curiosity and challenge them to extend themselves both inside and outside the classroom.
Year 3/4 Team leader (room 16)
I am excited and privileged to be teaching at Clevedon School. I still have the same passion for teaching as when I entered my first classroom more than twenty years ago. During my career I have taught many levels, however I have enjoyed working with the younger learners the most. I strive to know each student as an individual and work as a team with the parents to provide each student with the best learning opportunities.
I live in a rural community and I thoroughly enjoy the challenges and unique experiences it brings. My other interests include spending time with my family, sport, reading and tramping.
Year 3/4 teacher (room 15)
I am really excited to be part of the team at Clevedon School. I grew up on a farm in Tuakau and have been heavily involved in eventing throughout my life. I thoroughly enjoy helping children become lifelong learners through our curriculum. Mathematics in particular, has always been a passion of mine. I enjoy travelling, fitness, equestrian, DIY and spending time with friends and family. I am looking forward to getting to know more of our students and the community.
Currently on maternity leave
I am originally from South Africa and have been in New Zealand since 2004. I have been teaching for the last 8 years. Prior to working at Clevedon school I taught at Point View Primary. I'm looking forward to my journey at Clevedon school and taking on the adventures of an e-learning class. I deeply believe in providing children with every opportunity in my power in order to receive the best educational experience. I have a passion for numeracy and am thoroughly looking forward to teaching and learning together with the students in this area. In my spare time I enjoy playing netball and taking my dog on adventures.
Year 3/4 teacher (room 14)
I feel extremely privileged to be a part of Clevedon School and the wider community. I am excited about the year ahead and working alongside my colleagues. I enjoy time with my family exploring our beautiful country. Visiting the Clevedon markets is something I love to do and supporting the local community is important to me. Fostering the needs of every learner to ensure their individual learning needs are met, is something I take pride in. I Look forward to getting to know my community.
Year 1/2 team leader (room 18)
Kia Ora. I am very excited to be a part of the Clevedon teaching team for another year. I have taught across all year levels in both New Zealand and Australia and I am passionate about teaching in the junior school. I am privileged to have the opportunity to make a real difference to young learners and to begin the process of them developing into life long learners. In my spare time, I love fishing, camping, the outdoors and exploring new places.
Year 1 teacher (room 17 Monday to Thursday)
I am excited to be opening up the New Entrant class at Clevedon School.
I am an experienced Junior Teacher and I have taught Overseas in Tonga and in South Auckland schools for the last 11 years.
I love igniting the spark of learning in 5 year olds as they begin school and I have a passion for creating an environment where my learners can
flourish and achieve success. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter, drinking coffee and travelling.
I look forward to working together with you this year to help your child reach their full potential.
Year 1 teacher (room 17 and release teacher)
Year 2 teacher (room 11)
I am thrilled to once again be a part of the Totara team at Clevedon School. I moved to New Zealand from Australia with my family over six years ago. I have had the pleasure of working in a permanent part-time team with Rachel Ryan for nearly four years. Throughout my teaching career I have taught in several countries and in almost every year level. I spent the last 6 years in Australia teaching literacy to children not meeting National Standards. My husband and I, and our two children, love the rural environment and all it has to offer. In my spare time I love exploring New Zealand, going to the beach, reading and of course shopping.
Year 2 teacher (room 11)
I am so excited to be a part of the Clevedon team! I am an experienced teacher with most of my teaching taking place in Christchurch, but I have also had stints teaching in London and on the West Coast. I love the challenges and variety that teaching provides and thoroughly enjoy working alongside Jodie Boyle in the Totara team. I am passionate about literacy learning and developing confident, independent learners. My family relocated to Auckland 5 years ago, and we love camping, travelling and exploring the beautiful city and surrounding areas!
Year 2 teacher (room 13)
I am very excited to be a part of Clevedon School. I have a background in the sciences and a passion for music. I enjoy fostering a culture of curiosity and getting to know each child as an individual. In my spare time, I enjoy bush walks, scuba diving, and spending time with my friends and family.
Year 1 teacher (room 5)
I am so excited to be a part of the teaching team at Clevedon School. I have a passion for teaching and love being a part of the start of a child's learning journey from the beginning. I thoroughly enjoy being a part of the Junior Team. My main priority is to provide a safe and happy learning environment where students are guided to becoming focused life long learners. Before coming to Clevedon School I was a teacher at Owairoa Primary School for 18 years. I am a friendly and approachable person, who loves to have a laugh. My interests include reading, exercise, spending time with my family and my friends.
Year 2 teacher (room 12)
I am in my first year of teaching this year and am very excited to be a part of Clevedon School and the Totara team. I am thrilled to be teaching in the junior school and am passionate about creating and developing confident and inspired young learners. I grew up on a farm in Clevedon and went to Clevedon School, so it's really great to come back and see all the exciting changes that have been made. In my spare time, I love spending time with my friends and family, enjoying the outdoors, playing netball and baking. I am excited for the year ahead and look forward to meeting you throughout the year.
Te Reo Maori Teacher
Ko Kahurānaki te maunga, Ko Tukituki te awa, Ko Ngāti Kahungunu te iwi.
I come from a secondary teaching background and have been teaching at Clevedon School part-time since 2007 when my children were students
here. As someone studying and committed to developing my own knowledge of te reo me ngā tikanga Māori, I am delighted to be sharing
this journey in the school, teaching te reo in each class for an hour a week.
I aspire for our students to understand the rich bi-cultural foundation of our nation and to be able to fully participate in a vibrant Aotearoa.
Reading Recovery Teacher
I have been teaching at Clevedon School for several years, as a classroom teacher, and now as a Reading Recovery teacher. I am enjoying this role immensely and find it very rewarding. I consider myself very fortunate to still be doing what I love. Living at Maraetai, I believe I have the most beautiful drive to school each day. Family, the beach and craft activities take care of any leisure time that I have.
Three decades ago I read four powerful sentences;
"The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires."
As a lifelong learner I am moving along in my learning.