My family and I have lived in South Auckland all our lives. Philip and I have three children - Olivia, 31, Gretta, 28 and Dominic, 26. We have just welcomed our first grandchild into this world and he is currently 4 months old.
This is my tenth year serving as Principal at Clevedon School and I continue to be excited by the work the wonderful staff and parents are doing in partnership to educate our clevedon students.
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.
My husband, Greg and I have two beautiful children, Sofia and Micah, who keep us very busy outside of 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!
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. I am blessed to have two beautiful children, Cooper and Emerson, who take up most of my time now.
It is a privilege to be part of the team here at Clevedon School. 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.
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.
I am delighted to be a part of the Clevedon School team. Prior to teaching here, I have taught at Balmoral School and Takanini School. Before training to be a teacher, I got a wide range of experience travelling, working in the performing arts, the ski industry and apple-picking, to name but a few.
I love being a teacher and it is a joy to share my passion for the arts with our tamariki. I believe in fostering every child’s innate curiosity and creativity, and helping them take ownership of being the best they can be.
Reading recovery teacher
I am so thrilled to be part of the Clevedon School team! I’m looking forward to working with our learners and getting to know the community. I am an experienced teacher, with most of my teaching taking place in the Junior School. I am particularly passionate about literacy learning, and responding to individual student’s needs. My husband and I have two young sons, together we love catching up with friends and family, going for long walks and exploring our beautiful city.
Learning Support Coordinator (LSC)
It is my great pleasure to be part of Clevedon School team. With over 20 years of teaching experience under my belt, I have had the privilege of working in schools both here and in South Africa where I started my teaching career.
Teaching has always been my passion and I started my teaching career in the same school I attended as a primary school learner. I went on to working at a well-known private South African girls school, where I was first introduced to the idea of a wrap-around system, geared toward providing support for learners, their families, teachers and the wider community.
In 2011 my wife Tish and I uprooted our little family and came to New Zealand to provide more opportunities for our two daughters Victoria (19) and Rebecca (17). My first New Zealand teaching experience was in South Auckland where I was first exposed to the melting
pot which makes up the South Auckland community. I spent five very happy years at the school and was fortunate enough to then win a position at Stand Tu Maia. In the last four years I have become better acquainted with trauma-informed practice and a strengths-based approach in dealing with the children in my care. The concept of a ‘World strong with children’ has become part of my core practice and informs all my dealings with both tamariki and whanau.
Year 7/8 teacher
Having spent the last several years living in the sunny Bay of Plenty and finishing my Bachelor of Primary teaching I decided to come back to my home city of Auckland. Clevedon School has such a wonderful atmosphere to it and the working culture in the school is such a joy to be a part of. Things that I enjoy taking part of outside of school are, being in the kitchen (having been a chef in a past life), the great outdoors and spending time with my daughter, family and friends. I look forward to my time here at Clevedon School and getting involved with the community.
Year 7/8 teacher and team leader
Kia ora koutou katoa, I have had the privilege of being part of the Clevedon team since 2016 and am looking forward to another exciting year. Being an educator brings me much joy as I love being a facilitator of learning for my students, helping them see the gifts and strengths that they each bring to the world. I see myself as a lifelong learner and have a passion for literacy and numeracy. When I am not at school, I enjoy exploring the outdoors, looking after our farm animals and spending time with my husband and two energetic boys.
Year 7/8 teacher
I love being a teacher and enjoy sharing my passion for learning with the students, especially when it comes to reading, maths and science. I encourage students to develop passion and grit - characteristics that will serve them well throughout their lives. I also hope to foster our students' natural curiosity and challenge them to extend themselves both inside and outside the classroom.
Year 5/6 teacher and team leader
Kia ora koutou. I have been teaching at Clevedon School since 2016 and leading the Kauri team of teachers and learners since mid-2017. My family and I are originally from Hamilton and moved to Auckland in 2013. We enjoy touring our beautiful country by bicycle with our two boys when the weather is warm, and touring the beaches when it's hot.
Year 5/6 teacher
Kia ora koutou. I’m excited to be part of the team at Clevedon School and my second year teaching. I previously studied for a bachelor of science at Lincoln University before completing my primary teaching diploma at the University of Canterbury. I love all things sport and am particularly passionate about surfing, skiing and rugby.
Year 5/6 teacher
After working for Air New Zealand straight from school, I decided to study later on in life after travelling Europe extensively and living in London for five years. I completed my first years as a teacher here at Clevedon and have never left! I love the culture, students and teachers. I live in Opaheke with my family and like to keep busy on the weekends seeing my extended family and close friends. I have a passion for working with children and love watching them grow and learn through experimenting and taking risks.
Year 5/6 teacher
I feel so lucky to be part of the teaching team at Clevedon School.
I taught a range of ages over several years in a Papakura school, before taking time off to become a mum. I'm passionate about literacy learning, and am enjoying the opportunity to incorporate digital technology into my teaching/learning programme.
As a teacher, I love being able to foster the little spark of interest in a child, that can continue to grow, sometimes becoming a lifelong passion.
Outside of school my spare time is spent with my husband, our little boy, family and friends.
I look forward to getting to know the families and community of Clevedon School.
Year 3/4 teacher and team leader
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.
Year 3/4 teacher
I am from South Africa and I am so excited to be part of the Clevedon community. I was a teacher for 10 years in South Africa and have a passion for educating young minds. I feel truly blessed to work at a wonderful school.
Year 3/4 teacher
I feel very privileged to be a part of the Clevedon School team. In 2017 I 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 3/4 teacher
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 2/3 teacher
I moved to Auckland from Bath in England during my early twenties. I have taught at Gladstone Primary in Mt Albert and Stonefields School in Mt Wellington. My partner and I have two sons who keep us very busy, so our weekends are full of sports and activities to keep everyone entertained! I really enjoy the diverse experience of working at Clevedon and I am learning lots about the outdoor lifestyle! I have a passion for the arts - mainly music and dance.
Year 2/3 (part time)
Year 0/1 teacher and team leader
I am thrilled to be at Clevedon School. I moved here from Australia with my husband and two children in 2012. My children both completed their primary schooling at Clevedon and are now in their last few years of college. Prior to Clevedon School I taught in several schools throughout Australia and London. When my children were young I completed further training to become a support teacher of literacy and numeracy and I developed a passion for helping struggling learners. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, running, paddle boarding and shopping.
Year 0/1 teacher
I grew up in the Bay of Plenty and made the move to Auckland after graduating from the University of Waikato with a Bachelor of Teaching. I love art, music, and spending time with my family and my dogs. I’m incredibly excited to be a part of the Clevedon community.
Year 0/1 teacher
I am so excited to be a part of the Clevedon team. Most of my teaching has taken place in Christchurch and Auckland, 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 the teachers and our new learners in our pod, as well as being one of the Across School leaders in the Howick Coast Kāhui Ako. My husband and I relocated to East Auckland 8 years ago, and with our two children. We love camping, travelling and exploring the beautiful city and surrounding areas.
Year 1 teacher
I have been living in New Zealand for more than 10 years now and I am still enjoying the beautiful people and scenery. I studied at Auckland University and my first job as a teacher has been here at Clevedon school. It is my absolute privilege to be apart of this wonderful place, with caring staff and helpful parents. In my free time, I enjoy art, spending time with my friends and watching movies as well as cooking. I am looking forward to making more memories with the children and parents of Clevedon.
Year 1/2 teacher
I have lived in Auckland for most of my life before settling in Papakura. I studied for a Bachelors of Education at AUT. My favourite things to do when I am not at school are baking, walking up mountains and completing handcrafts. I am also completing studies in childhood counselling. Before I came to Clevedon School I taught at Stonefields School and I am looking forward to getting myself involved in school life and events here at Clevedon.