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Our Staff

"I can honestly say after 30+ years in education that we have assembled here at Kaurilands the most talented, hardworking, caring, creative and innovative staff I have ever worked with.  This is every member of our 60 strong staff - what a team, they make me proud everyday." - Jo Augustine, Principal

Abby Skeen

Abby Skeen

Room 13 Teacher

abbys@kaurilands.school.nz

I love seeing children reach their full potential. I believe it is important to create a positive learning environment so all children can succeed! Everyone at Kaurilands has a great sense of humour. Outside of school I enjoy travelling, playing netball and spending time with friends.

Ally Lee

Ally Lee

Rōpū Iwa Teacher

allyl@kaurilands.school.nz

I have just started in my role as a classroom teacher at Kaurilands this year. I am lucky to be working in the collaborative space Ropu Iwa. I think that teaching and learning is optimised in this environment, allowing us to learn from each other's strengths as we become a learning community.

Ben Fletcher

Ben Fletcher

Rōpū Tahi Teacher

benf@kaurilands.school.nz

I’m a first year teacher and am very happy to be starting my teaching career in such a warm-hearted school full of fun and passionate people. Big believer in recognising and accepting children for who they are and not expecting every child to fit the same mould. I love anything outdoors in nature.

Carron Grayson

Carron Grayson

Office Assistant / Medical Room

carrong@kaurilands.school.nz

My 3 sons attended Kaurilands and I have worked in the office for 12 years. We’re a friendly bunch and love helping our school’s families enjoy their time at Kaurilands. Our students are delightful, every one different, so there's never a dull moment here. I love yoga and travelling.

Catriona

Catriona Pianina

Teacher

catrionap@kaurilands.school.nz

I am a creative teacher with a dollop of down to earth wisdom thrown in for good measure. I love to dance, sing, imagine, use positive mindset, write, explore nature and create. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, especially my daughter who is a student at Kaurilands school.

Clare Taylor

Clare Taylor

Teacher Aide

claret@kaurilands.school.nz

As a Teacher Aide here at Kaurilands I have the honour of assisting teachers and students in years 5 and 6. I'm blown away everyday by the support and care fostered here by all, to ensure a well rounded learning experience. I love hiking in the bush and swimming at any meeting of sea and sand.

Emma Best

Emma Best

Associate Principal

emmab@kaurilands.school.nz

I have been at Kaurilands as a classroom teacher and as an associate principal. Teaching is the best job in the world! We are lucky to have such passionate teachers. I believe we offer the best in future based education. Please visit, we love to see all our whānau engaging with the learning process.

Erin Namajuska

Erin Namajuska

Ruma 18 Teacher / Y3 Team Leader /PE & Health Curriculum Leader

erinn@kaurilands.school.nz

I have had the pleasure of teaching the amazing students at Kaurilands School for 10 great years. I have a passion for teaching and learning and do my very best to make learning engaging and fun for all. In my spare time, I enjoy playing and watching netball and spending time with my friends.

Frances Ohanlon

Frances O’Hanlon

Rōpū Waru Teacher / Y5&6 Team Leader / Literacy Curriculum Leader

franceso@kaurilands.school.nz

Kaurilands is a fantastic whānau to be a part of and is a great place to work. I love what I do, I feel fortunate to be working with an awesome group of tamariki and a great team. Knowing my students and providing a safe environment where they can explore their passions is important.

Gillian Howard

Gillian Howard

Administrator

accounts@kaurilands.school.nz

Hi I’m Gillian, School Administrator. You’ll find me in Nancy’s office; she is leaving us soon after many years of service to our school and community.
Both of our children attended Kaurilands school and it’s great to be back after a few years away.
Please pop in it will be lovely to meet you.

Grace Mcdonald

Grace McDonald

Library Assistant

gracem@kaurilands.school.nz

Hi I’m Grace, I love books! I have the best job ever! Kaurilands library has a lot to offer all students; a great place to hang out. My association with Kaurilands School began in 2008 as a parent helper, starting on staff in 2015. Outside school, I read and potter in the garden.

Hamish Morgan

Hamish Morgan

Room 21 Teacher

hamishm@kaurilands.school.nz

I attended Kaurilands as a child, I have worked here as a KiwiSport Activator and now I am team teaching in room 21 as part of a ministry initiative to get more teachers into junior classrooms. I will be teaching the next new entrants class to open up in term 2.

Hannah Kay

Hannah Kay

Rōpū Whitu Teacher

hannahk@kaurilands.school.nz

I'm so excited about my first year at Kaurilands School and feel so lucky to be part of such positive community! In my spare time you will find me walking my dog in the Waitakere ranges or out of Auckland visiting whānau.

Hannah Macpherson

Hannah MacPherson

Room 12 Teacher / Science Curriculum Leader

hannahm@kaurilands.school.nz

I’m passionate about teaching and learning. I believe in all students getting the opportunity to learn and grow in a supportive environment. Although I am still relatively new to Kaurilands, I have settled in quickly thanks to the amazing children and staff. Outside of school I love to cook.

Hannah Pragert

Hannah Pragert

Rōpū Rima Teacher / Health and PE Curriculum Leader

hannahp@kaurilands.school.nz

This is my fourth year teaching at Kaurilands. I love my job and I am lucky to be working alongside such supportive, passion and collaborative people. I believe that children learn best when they feel happy and safe in their environment.
I like doing DIY projects and reading Harry Potter.

Hayley Jesperson

Hayley Jesperson

Room 21 Teacher / Y1 Team Leader

hayleyj@kaurilands.school.nz

I am passionate about teaching Juniors and making sure the transition from early childhood is as smooth as can be for children and whanau. My 4 children attended this great school so I was involved as a parent before I started working here. I love reading, walking and being at the beach.

Heather Main

Heather Main

Reception

heatherm@kaurilands.school.nz

Hi, I'm Heather.
As a past pupil with a wide family history at Kaurilands, I love being able to work here. I enjoy the fun, family feel of this school where laughter and humour are encouraged. Outside of work I love fishing and crocheting.

Ingrid Belt

Ingrid Belt

Release Teacher

ingridb@kaurilands.school.nz

I have been teaching at Kaurilands Primary since 2012. I have experience teaching Intermediate children. ESOL and Reading Recovery. This year I am doing my Masters in Education focusing on dyslexia. I may not be in a classroom but you will still see me around.

Jackie Fletcher

Jackie Fletcher

Secretary

secretary@kaurilands.school.nz

I love working in the school office, our staff are a fun, crazy bunch - including the Principal! Both my husband and boys attended Kaurilands which has always been a great community minded school worthy of its’ well known reputation for being warm and welcoming. I like crocheting and travelling.

Jackie Taylor

Jackie Taylor

Associate Principal

JackieT@kaurilands.school.nz

I have been teaching over 30 years and still love every day of my job. Kaurilands is certainly the most outstanding and inspiring school I have worked at. Teaching is simply the best. Out of school my passions are gardening, reading and spending time with whānau and friends.

Jaimee Leigh Thompson

Jaimee Leigh Thompson

Room 20 Teacher

jaimeeleight@kaurilands.school.nz

I am a beginning teacher in my second year of teaching. I have a degree in early childhood education and a graduate diploma in primary school teaching.
I want my students to feel like our classroom is their second family- a place where we all laugh, play, have fun, and learn together!

Jill Larbey

Jill Larbey

Ruma 17 Teacher / Enviro Team Leader

jilll@kaurilands.school.nz

I am a long-serving staff member. I teach Year 3 and enjoy being a member of the Year 3 team. I'm the leader of the Environment Curriculum team. I love both my roles at Kaurilands. My two passions are teaching our tamariki and looking after the environment for future generations.

Jo Augustine

Jo Augustine

Principal

joa@kaurilands.school.nz

I have had the privilege of being the Principal of Kaurilands for 7 years. We have the most hardworking, caring and innovative staff I have ever worked with. We aim to provide the best learning opportunities for our children. Our relationships with you and your children are our most valued priority.

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Jo Senio

Room 19 Teacher

jos@kaurilands.school.nz

Talofa, I'm Jo and I have the privilege of teaching in Room 19 on Fridays and relieving around the school. I have three children, two who are here at Kaurilands and one preschooler. I absolutely love Kaurilands, both as a teacher and a parent. I feel very blessed to be part of such a great school.

Jo Woods

Jo Woods

Room 23 Teacher

jow@kaurilands.school.nz

A Year 1 classroom is like no other, very busy and loud and fun! Year 1 is such a special time for children and families. I believe play is very important for children in year 1. My own two children attend Kaurilands School. At the weekend I love spending time with my family at the beach .

Jocelyn Heremaia

Jocelyn Heremaia

Y1 Team Leader

jocelynh@kaurilands.school.nz

I have been associated with Kaurilands School for 36 years. I love working at Kaurilands School and have a wonderful supportive group of colleagues who have always been there in times of need. I love travelling, spending time with my family. I am passionate about many sports and still play tennis.

Josh Farrell

Josh Farrell

Rōpū Toru Teacher

joshf@kaurilands.school.nz

I am proud to work at such a caring and welcoming kura. I believe that we are all teachers as well as learners and I love finding out about the passions and interests of akonga. One of the most exciting things about education is the process of finding innovative ways to engage and inspire.

Kara Wilkins

Kara Wilkins

Room 22 Teacher

karaw@kaurilands.school.nz

I have been a part of the Year 1 team at Kaurilands since 2009. Both my children attend our kura. I love teaching in the juniors, we have a supportive team and lots of fun. When I’m not teaching, I’m chilling with my whānau and indulging my love of photography, art and design.

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Karen Topps

Teacher Aide

karent@kaurilands.school.nz

Karen is a teacher aide and also responsible for much of the beautifully displayed artwork around our school. In her own time she lovingly and skillfully frames and displays the creative products of our ākonga.

Kim Morgan

Kim Morgan

Room 24 Teacher

kimm@kaurilands.school.nz

I have been working at Kaurilands for 15 years and I still look forward to coming to work each day. We have a special environment at Kaurilands and I am proud to be a member of this community. I am an avid reader, I like walking and love travelling.

Kim Noovao

Kim Noovao

Room 25 Teacher

kimn@kaurilands.school.nz

I have been teaching for the past 10 years in a variety of schools. I design learning to ensure it is social, engaging and caters for individual learning needs. I continually explore practices to ensure success for learners. I also love relaxing at our bach with my beautiful whānau.

Kim Williams

Kim Williams

Room 10 Teacher

kiml@kaurilands.school.nz

Kia ora te whānau, I have been part of the fabulous Kaurilands kura for 4 years. My two tamariki also attend our kura. I love being a part of our student’s school journey and like them I am always keen to know more!I Outside of school I am passionate about spending time with my whānau!

Kimberly Newmarch

Kimberly Newmarch

Rōpū Tahi Teacher/ Maths Curriculum Leader

kimberlyn@kaurilands.school.nz

I have been teaching at Kaurilands for over 7 years. I really enjoy working in our Innovative Learning Environment because of the teachers and children that I work with. I am always amazed by how the tamariki lead their learning everyday. I enjoy reading, cooking and holidays with my family.

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Kirsten Pickett

Room 19 Teacher

kirstenp@kaurilands.school.nz

I have been a teacher for 21 years and joined the Kaurilands team 2 years ago. I love teaching Juniors and feel blessed to work with such a supportive staff and community. My children attend this amazing school. I love spending time with my family and friends and listening to music.

Kristin Joy

Kristin Joy

Room 22 Teacher

kristinj@kaurilands.school.nz

I have been part of Kaurilands for the last 19 years. As parent help, a teacher in the Senior school, and now part time with the Juniors. If I’m not at Kaurilands I’m working at Auckland Libraries, so if you see me at one be sure to say hi!

Kylie Inansci

Kylie Inancsi

Teacher Aide

Kylie helps international students to learn English and works one on one with some students in class. Her own two daughters have been students at Kaurilands School.

Kylie Parkinson

Kylie Parkinson

Y5&6 Team Leader / Rōpū Toru Teacher / Art Curriculum Leader

kyliep@kaurilands.school.nz

I teach in Rōpū Toru with Josh. I love working with such a collaborative team who are all just as passionate about innovative learning practice as I am. I am also driven by creating meaningful learning experiences in the performing arts for our tamariki here at Kaurilands.

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Laura Turner

Librarian

laurat@kaurilands.school.nz

I have the privilege of looking after the amazing Kaurilands library. I am from Scotland and I have been living in New Zealand since 2003. I have two children at Kaurilands. I have been a librarian for nearly 20 years. My job is the best as I get to share my passions, books & reading, with students.

Lillian Bombay

Lillian Bombay

Room 26 Teacher

lillianb@kaurilands.school.nz

I have been at Kaurilands for 12 years, flittering between Years 1, 2 and 3. Juniors are my cup of tea. There's never a dull moment in my job. I love children's honesty, excitement and willingness to learn. In my class, I value being creative through art, music and imagination.

Linda Heckler

Linda Heckler

Room 9 Teacher / Y4 Team Leader

LindaH@kaurilands.school.nz

As well as my classroom responsibilities I also take the curriculum enrichment group for children with dyslexia. I have two children, one here at Kaurilands in Year 5 and one in Year 7 at Glen Eden Intermediate. As a family we enjoy sailing, skiing and walking our two border collies.

Luanna Brunt

Luanna Brunt

Admin Assistant

luannab@kaurilands.school.nz

Hi I’m Luanna and I work with Gillian in the office. We handle the financial side of the office and you will find us behind the little glass divider. My two girls both attend Kaurilands School. As a family we are all active members of the United North Piha Surf Lifesaving club.

Lucia Williams

Lucia Williams

Teacher Aide

luciaw@kaurilands.school.nz

I started parent helping in my son's class and eventually decided to study and completed a Certificate in Teacher Aiding. I love working at Kaurilands School. I am a big kid at heart so it really makes my day doing what I do supporting the children I work with.

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Micaela Bonnar

Room 15 Teacher / Literacy Curriculum Leader

MicaelaB@kaurilands.school.nz

I'm privileged to be on the staff at Kaurilands School. I am a member of the awesome Year 3 team, the Co-Leader of Literacy and a Mentor Teacher. I love teaching and working with children. Outside of school, I like to spend time in nature, holiday in Matakana, and take the dog on bushwalks.

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Michel Cope

Teacher Aide

michelc@kaurilands.school.nz

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Peta Dickens

Teacher Aide

Peta has been part of our staff here at Kaurilands for many years, starting when her own son was a student 25 years ago. Peta keeps our art resources well stocked and organised, helps students with their reading and looks after our gardens.

Rachel Thorpe

Rachel Thorpe

Digital Learning Specialist / Digital Curriculum Leader

rachelt@kaurilands.school.nz

It’s my privilege to be the digital learning specialist at Kaurilands, a place I’ve been also been part of as a student and a teacher. My role means I get to help teachers, kids and families use digital technology to enhance their lives and learning. Every day brings a new challenge and I LOVE it.

Rebecca Barrett

Rebecca Barrett

Rōpū Iwa Teacher

rebeccab@kaurilands.school.nz

Kaurilands is an amazing school to work at. The supportive staff and community make it truly unique. I love to provide hands-on learning experiences which foster curiosity and encourage children to develop creative thinking skills. I am passionate about integrating the arts into my teaching.

Rosie Savaiinaea

Rosie Savaiinaea

Rōpū Whitu Teacher / Student Leadership Coordinator

rosies@kaurilands.school.nz

I have been teaching for 9 years and joined the Kaurilands whānau part way through last year. I believe it is vital to have passion, a sense of humour and have fun. In my spare time I enjoy venturing out to the west coast beaches and spending time with family.

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Sandra Fletcher

Caretaker

Sandra takes care of our school, night and day. We have her to thanks for the upkeep of our beautiful buildings and grounds. You'll often find Sandra with a wheelbarrow or buried up to her elbows in a garden.

Sarah Boeinghoff

Sarah Boeinghoff

Teacher Aide / Medical Room

Sarah looks after all our injured students and helps prepare medical kits for trips. She also works one on one with some students on their learning. Sarah's two children were once students at Kaurilands too.

Sarah Milner

Sarah Milner

Release Teacher

sarahm@kaurilands.school.nz

My involvement with Kaurilands began 5 years ago and I feel incredibly fortunate to be part of such a dedicated team of professionals. This year I am providing beginning teacher, curriculum and team leader release and get to work within every different year level of the school.

Sarah Muthiah

Sarah Muthiah

Room 14 Teacher

sarahlm@Kaurilands.school.nz

Hi I'm Sarah, a classroom teacher in Room 14. I enjoy working at Kaurilands because we have such a supportive community and school. I believe in creating positive relationships with every child I meet to help them grow. In my spare time I enjoy playing squash and taking my dog for runs.

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Siân Branks

Rōpū Rima Teacher / Te Kahui Leader

sians@kaurilands.school.nz

I love teaching at Kaurilands. It's an innovative, supportive and extremely beautiful school that feels like home. My teaching philosophy is centered in 21st C pedagogy and providing authentic learning opportunities. I am a league supporter and I love all things Pasifika and Te Reo Māori.

Stephanie Martin

Stephanie Martin

Room 11 Teacher

stephanieM@kaurilands.school.nz

I began my journey here last year as a member of the amazing Year 4 team. I have quickly found a home here amongst our inspiring community. I love to encourage children’s curiosity about the world around us and provide meaningful learning opportunities for them to connect with their wonderings.

Suzanne Freeman

Suzanne Freeman

Room 29 Teacher / Y2 Team Leader

suzannef@kaurilands.school.nz

I feel privileged to be part of such a supportive community of passionate teachers. I have had Reading Recovery training and love teaching maths. I am passionate about children’s learning and am continually amazed by how 5 and 6 year olds learn! I love spending time with my family and travelling.

Toni Holdaway

Toni Holdaway

Teacher Aide

tonih@kaurilands.school.nz

I have two kids that have come through Kaurilands and loved it. My passion is to connect with our tamariki that need a little extra support in their learning journey so they can blossom to their full potential. I love having fun, lots of laughs with hugs on call.

Tracey Henderson

Tracey Henderson

Room 10 Teacher

traceyh@kaurilands.school.nz

A talented artist with a great sense of humour, Tracey co-teaches with Kim in Room 10 on a Friday. Tracey has been part of our kura for many years. You will find her beautiful artwork in many parts of our school.

Tracey Sutherland

Tracy Sutherland

Associate Principal

tracys@kaurilands.school.nz

My name is Tracy and I have had a long, happy and exciting association with Kaurilands School. I have 2 children who have also attended here and absolutely loved it. In my spare time I love to read or go to the gym. I love working with children and thoroughly enjoy coming to work each day.

Vicki Palmer

Vicki Palmer

Music Specialist

vickip@kaurilands.school.nz

I am passionate about music, singing and the performing arts. I love to use music exploration, to give students a basic knowledge and understanding of the musical elements, musicianship as well as weaving in some drama, dance,art and literacy. I also lead the senior choir.

Violet Luatua

Violet Luatua

Room 30 Teacher

violetl@kaurilands.school.nz

My name is Violet and as a new teacher to Kaurilands School, I look forward to helping your tamariki grow in their learning. My Cook Island/Welsh culture has taught me to celebrate and embrace all cultures of Aotearoa. I have a special interest in singing, crafts & outdoor education.

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Zac Riddell

Classroom Teacher

zacr@kaurilands.school.nz