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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

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Alana McKenzie

Associate Principal

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I feel very privileged to be one of the Associate Principals at this fabulous school. I have been teaching for 21 years, most recently at Glen Eden Primary. I love teaching Yr 4-8, sparking curiosity and having fun. I enjoy spending time with whānau, watching rugby and going to the speedway.

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Alyce Fulop

Teacher Aide

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I absolutely love supporting the children I work with and being a part of the Kaurilands community. I am a Mum of four children who have all attended our lovely school. In my down time I love reading, cooking, heading to the gym and I am quite partial to a bit of shopping!

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Amelia Le Cheminant

Rūma Tekau mā toru (Room 13) Y3 Teacher / Team Leader

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I have been teaching at Kaurilands since 2012 and absolutely love being part of this school community. I have taught all age groups and I am really looking forward to working in the Rimu Syndicate with the amazing Year 3 students. I am a mum of 3 and love reading, yoga, delicious food and gardening.

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Anita Maxwell

Accounts Assistant

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I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work with an incredible bunch of colleagues and wonderful children.
Each day brings something new at Kaurilands. Our family are long term residents of Titirangi, we absolutely love our community and our natural treasure - the Waitakere ranges.

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Ashley Goodspeed

Part Time Teacher

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I am thrilled to be a part of the Kaurilands whānau. I believe in creating a positive environment supporting students and love the adventure that students and teacher embark on while learning together. I enjoy spending time with family and being outdoors, especially the beach or running trails.

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Catalina Camargo

Sick Bay Administrator

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I am Catalina from Colombia and have been living in NZ for 15 years. I am so excited to be part of this amazing community and adore working with children. I speak English and Spanish and consider myself a very creative person, one of my favourite hobbies is arts & crafts with my son Emilio.

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Clare O'Gorman

Rūma Toru B (Room 3b) Y6 Teacher

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Kia ora, my name is Clare and I am excited to be part of the Year 6 team this year. In our classroom we have a supportive and positive learning environment for all tamariki to thrive in. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, reading and motorsport.

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Clare Taylor

Teacher Aide

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As a Teacher Aide here at Kaurilands I have the honour of assisting teachers and students. I'm blown away every day 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.

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Emma Tamura

Part Time Teacher

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It is wonderful to be part of the warm, welcoming whānau of Kaurilands. This is my fourth year teaching here. Both my boys are past Kaurilands kids and have thrived in the amazing, inclusive environment. In my spare time I enjoy hanging out with family and friends, reading, yoga and walking my dog.

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Erin Namajuska

Associate Principal

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I have had the pleasure of teaching our amazing students for 11 great years. I have a passion for teaching and learning and do my very best to make learning engaging and fun for all. I am excited about working with children across the school this year in my new role as Assistant Principal.

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Frances McBeath

Rūma Rua B (Room 2b) Y6 Teacher

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I am thrilled to be teaching in the amazing Kaurilands Year 6 team. I worked in educational publishing for many years and I’m passionate about literacy and lifelong learning. I have a daughter at Kaurilands and adult children. My focus is on supporting all tamariki to aim high and do their best.

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Frances O’Hanlon

Rūma Rima (Room 5) Y5 Teacher

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Kaurilands is a fantastic whānau to be a part of and I feel fortunate to be working with a great team and awesome tamariki. I love working alongside my students to support, encourage and challenge them with their learning. My passions are reading,writing and spending time with my grandchildren.

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Georgia Thompson

Rūma Waru B (Room 8b) Y4 Teacher

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Kia ora, I’m Georgia! This year I am excited to be part of the Year 4 team again at our kura. I love teaching all areas and building relationships with tamariki and whānau. I am looking forward to an amazing year and working with a fantastic team!

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Glenys Ferguson

Part Time Teacher

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2024 will be my 5th year as a part time teacher at Kaurilands. I love getting to know all the fabulous tamariki that I have the privilege to teach across the year. I live in Titirangi with my husband, son, and one much loved cat. When I’m not working, I enjoy walking, reading, baking and archery.

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Grace McDonald

Library Assistant

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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.

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Gracie-Eve Derbyshire

Rūma Tahi A (Room 1a) Y6 Teacher

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Kia ora, I feel incredibly privileged and excited to be joining the Year 6 team. I am passionate about creating a nurturing and inclusive learning environment where tamariki can reach their full potential. My passions include reading, going to the beach and spending time with my whānau and friends.

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Grant O'Connor

Part Time Teacher (Bilingual Programme)

Email Grant O'Connor

Tēna koutou. Ko Grant tōku ingoa. I feel privileged to be part of this amazing kura (school). Passionate about education, I particularly enjoy connecting with our tamariki and assisting them on their learning journey. A proud family man, I enjoy spending time with my two boys and beautiful wife.

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Hannah Pragert

Part Time Teacher

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Having taught at Kaurilands since 2014, I have been lucky to have had the opportunity to work in almost every year level. Getting to know the strengths, passions and interests of our tamariki helps me to provide engaging and exciting learning opportunities.

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Hayley Jesperson

Rūma Tekau mā whitu Teacher (Room 17) / Y1 Teacher / Team Leader

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As an experienced teacher, I have been involved with Kaurilands for many years, firstly as a parent of my 4 children and now as the proud teacher of Rm 17 and Year 1 Team Leader. I work with amazing, passionate teachers who ensure the transition to school is a smooth one for both child and family.

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Jackie Amor

Business Manager

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I feel very happy to be a member of the awesome Kaurilands team. You will see me in the office as well as out and about around the school, so I am lucky to have the best of both worlds.

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Jaime Lyon

Rūma Teka mā ruā (Room 12) Y3 Teacher

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I am excited to continue my journey in the Year 3 team. I believe in the potential of every child and enjoy helping them develop into more confident and motivated learners. In my spare time I enjoy reading and swimming. I also have four children who keep me entertained!

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Jaimee Leigh Cope

Rūma Rua Tekau mā whā (Room 24) Y2 Teacher

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Kia ora, I’m Jaimee. I have been teaching at the best school in the world (Kaurilands, of course) since 2016. I'm all about finding out what makes children tick, their unique interests and skills, and using this to tap into and unlock new learning. I look forward to working with you and your child!

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Jean Webb

Teacher Aide

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I have always found Kaurilands to be a great school and I am very pleased to be part of the support staff team. As a Teacher Aide I am excited to support the students and see their wonderful achievements. I have four children, one of whom is still at school.

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Jennie Chatfield

Part Time Teacher

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Kia ora. I'm Jennie, a proud Caniwi, mum to a beautiful son, and an avid runner. I've been teaching since 2011 and love that every day is a new opportunity to learn. I believe all tamariki are capable of great things, and work to support students to grow their potential.

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Jennifer Koelet

Rūma Toru A (Room 3a) Y5 Teacher

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My name is Jennifer Koelet and I am excited to be teaching in Rūma Toru A this year! I love being a part of a classroom community where everyone is safe and valued. I hope to bring fun and laughter to my classroom! I love to be outdoors, especially at the beach!

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Jo Augustine

Principal

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I have had the privilege of being the Principal of Kaurilands for 14 yrs. 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

Part Time Teacher

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Talofa lava. I'm Jo and I work at Kaurilands part time doing classroom release and job share. All three of my children have come through Kaurilands and I feel very privileged to be part of this community, both as a parent and a teacher.

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Kara Wilkins

Rūma Rua Tekau mā rima (Room 15) Y1 Teacher

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Kia ora! I am so happy to be back at Kaurilands. I love teaching new entrants, they are filled with so much joy and enthusiasm and no two days are the same. I have 2 children and have been so lucky to be able to spend more time with them this year.

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Karen Topps

Teacher Aide

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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.

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Kim Morgan

Rūma Rua Tekau (Room 20) Y1 Teacher

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I have been working at Kaurilands for 22 years and still look forward to coming to work each day! I enjoy teaching our younger tamariki and as we have a very special environment at Kaurilands, I am proud to be a member of this awesome community. A keen reader, I also love walking and travel.

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Kim Williams

Rūma Waru A (Room 8a) Y4 Teacher / Team Leader

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Kia ora e te whānau, I have been a part of the fabulous Kaurilands kura for 7 years. I love being a part of our students' school journey and like them I am always keen to learn more! I am passionate about spending time with my whānau, we love to head head outdoors especially to the beach.

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Kimberly Newmarch

Rūma Tekau mā iwi (Room 19) Y1 Teacher

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I have been teaching at Kaurilands since 2009. I really enjoy working in our kura thanks to the incredible teachers and children. I continue to be amazed watching the tamariki engage in their learning every day. In my spare time I enjoy reading, cooking and spending time with my family.

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Kirsten Fraser

Rūma Ono (Room 6) Y4 Teacher

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Kia ora, I am very excited to be joining Kaurilands School as a part-time teacher in Rūma 13. I have experience teaching in almost every year level. I am looking forward to building strong relationships with students and their whānau. I live locally with my partner, our two daughters and our dog.

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Kirsten Pickett

Rūma Rua Tekau mā rima (Room 25) Y2 Teacher

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I am so happy to be part of the Yr 2 Team at Kaurilands. I have been teaching for 17 years and strive to create a fun and exciting learning environment for the tamariki to grow as learners. My passions are spending time with my family, taking tropical holidays, music, and hanging out with friends.

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Kristin Lee

Rūma Rua Tekau mā tahi (Room 21) Y2 Teacher / Team Leader

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I'm Kristin and I am so excited to be at Kaurilands. This year I am leading the Y2 team and teaching in Rm 21. I enjoy planning meaningful and engaging experiences and creating a classroom culture promoting a love of learning. I love time with friends and family and playing indoor netball.

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Kylie Parkinson

Part Time Teacher (Drama)

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I have been part of the Kaurilands team since 2012 and I am thrilled to be joining the Y5 team. I am passionate about integrating the curriculum and creating meaningful learning experiences engaging students with the world they live in.

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Lani Maoate

Rūma Teka mā ruā (Room 12) Y3 Teacher

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I am thrilled to be back teaching at Kaurilands in Rūma Tekau mā toru. I have two children, one who is in Y5 at Kaurilands and one pre-schooler. I love the curiosity and joy that new entrants bring to the classroom. It is a privilege to be part of such a fantastic school.

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Laura Turner

Librarian

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Scottish Book Wizard (aka School Librarian), advocate of reading for pleasure, graphic novel enthusiast and reader of as many kids' books that I can. When not in the School Library you'll find me at one of our Local Libraries reading.
Join our School Library FB page: fb.me/KaurilandsSchoolLibrary

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Lauren Cookson

Rūma Tekau mā Whā (Room 14)

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Kia Ora, I'm Lauren and I will be teaching in Rūma 14 this year. My two daughters have thrived at Kaurilands School and I feel privileged to be part of the special community we have here. I am looking forward to all the exciting adventures that come with teaching Year 1 tamariki.

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Leanne Gibbons

PE Specialist and Sport Co-ordinator

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I feel privileged to be part of the Kaurilands community. I've been teaching for 11 years and have a background in sports. I strive for all tamariki to reach their full potential, whilst standing strong in who they are. My passions include beach walks, football, volleyball and time with whānau.

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Lee-Anne Edwards-Sutton

Teacher Aide

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I get so much joy from being part of a team in a Support Worker role. It is a wonderful opportunity for me to assist amazing children and to be part of something fantastic. To see them smile, chat and achieve things they thought were beyond their reach, makes me feel I have done my job well.

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Lillian Bombay

Rūma Tekau (Room 10) Y3 Teacher

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I am part of a wonderful Year 3 team. I love working with all children, watching them grow in learning and as a person. My own passion is for the outdoors and exploring being creative through art, craft and music. I love meeting and learning about the new personalities that will make up Room 10.

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Maxime van Luijken

Rūma Iwa B (Room 9b) Y3 Teacher

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I am excited to be joining Year 3 this year. I believe in creating an inclusive learning environment that allows children to explore, express and extend who they want to be. My passions include spending time outdoors, reading, baking and being surrounded by family and friends.

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Melissa Williams

Rūma Rua Tekau mā toru (Room 23)

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I am so excited to be part of the Year 2 team again this year! I have been teaching at Kaurilands for 6 years and love working with the younger tamariki. I enjoy spending time with my husband and three children, walking my little dog, exploring New Zealand and hanging out with my friends.

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Mike Fenner

Rūma Whā 4B (Room 4b) Y5 Teacher / Team Leader

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I am incredibly excited to be joining the Kaurilands kaiako in Rūma Whā this year. I strive to build strong relationships with my ākonga and cater learning to their needs and interests while bringing humour and excitement to the classroom. I have a passion for the guitar and all things fantasy!

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Natalie Dalzell

Teacher Aide

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It's a pleasure to work at Kaurilands School. I am passionate about supporting and encouraging students with all aspects of school life. All children are unique and I like to nurture those qualities and watch them shine. In my spare time I like cooking, gardening and spending time in nature.

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Nichola Leslie

Rūma Tahi B (Room 1b) Y6 Teacher / Y6 Team Leader

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Tēnā koutou katoa, I am so happy to be joining the Kaurilands whānau in 2024. A country girl at heart, I love all things outdoors and the ocean is my happy place! My favourite part of being a teacher is watching tamariki grow, learn and blossom into unique individuals.

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Paula Dron

Rūma Tekau mā ono (Room 16) Y1 Teacher

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Kia ora, I’m Paula and I am so excited to be in Rūma Tekau mā ono (Rm 16) and look forward to celebrating each of our student’s individual progress in all aspects of school life and the curriculum. A mum of three girls myself, I find it inspiring and a privilege to be learning from them every day.

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Pia Giacon

Teacher Aide

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I’m so excited to be a part of the wonderful team at Kaurilands. I have been working as a Teacher Aide since 2019 and love supporting our tamariki. I have 2 gorgeous children who attend Kaurilands. In my spare time I love cooking, holidays at the beach and spending time with my whānau and friends.

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Rachael Van Den Berg

Teacher Aide

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I have the pleasure of working with children across multiple year levels within our school. I feel very privileged to be a part of the Kaurilands community and to be able to support our children to achieve their greatest potential along their learning journey.

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Rachel Tims

Administration Assistant

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I am thrilled to join Kaurilands after a long stint in the Airline industry flying and working in admin. I moved from Europe to Titirangi 5yrs ago and love the relaxed community spirit and beautiful surroundings. A mum of two girls I enjoy yoga, reading, travelling, cooking and the beach.

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Rebecca Pirret

Learning Support Co-ordinator

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My name is Rebecca and this is my first year at Kaurilands. I’ve taught across all year levels and I am excited to be taking on the newly developed role of Learning Support Coordinator this year. I’m looking forward to learning about and being a part of Kaurilands School.

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Riley Flynn

Rūma Whā A (Room 4a) Y5 Teacher

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Kia ora, my name is Riley. I previously attended Kaurilands as a student, and I'm so excited to be part of the Kaurilands whānau again! I'm passionate about sports, and I love writing and learning languages.

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Robyn Applegate

Rūma Iwa A (Room 9a) Y3 Teacher

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I am thrilled to be part of the Yr 3 team again and look forward to many learning adventures with our tamariki. My passion is to create a positive classroom environment where students feel supported and excited about their learning. I love travelling, music, photography and time with my family.

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Sandra Fletcher

Caretaker

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Sandra takes care of our school, night and day. We have her to thank 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.

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Stacey Anyan

Rūma Rua Tekau mā rua (Room 22) Y2 Teacher

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I love sharing in children's natural wonder and curiosity about our world! Being a Playcentre parent inspired me to return to teaching in 2018. I’m also obsessed with reading and writing; my previous job was staff writer at current affairs magazine North & South.

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Stephen Gillard

Rūma Rua A (Room 2a) Y6 Teacher

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Kia ora koutou katoa, I am so pleased to be joining the Kaurilands team this year. I have been teaching for more than 10 years. I am an avid geek and love to paint miniatures and play board games. I love supporting kids in reaching their goals and take great delight in the ‘aha’ moments in class.

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Steve King

Rūma Whitu (Room 7) Y4 Teacher

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I’m Steve and this is my fifth year at Kaurilands. It's a privilege to work here and teach Year 4 students. My passions include food, science, music, astronomy, and technology. I proudly lead the mighty Marones, Kaurilands' rock band. Outside school, I play drums in a rock band and love to cook.

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Toni Holdaway

Teacher Aide

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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.

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Tracey Henderson

Rūma Ahi Kaa Y5 Teacher

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A talented artist with a great sense of humour, Tracey has been part of our kura for many years. You will find her beautiful artwork in many parts of our school.

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Tracy Sutherland

Associate Principal

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I have been connected to the school for many years as parent, class teacher, SENCO and Senior Leader. I love learning and working with our Kaurilands community and enjoy spending time in our beautiful environment. My passion is reading, going to the gym and spending time with family and friends.

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Trudi Biggs

Secretary

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I love working at Kaurilands! Both my boys have come through this fantastic school and I love its welcoming, caring and inclusive environment. It's a privilege to work alongside such an amazing team and be a part of our school whānau. I love spending time with my family and going for long walks.

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Vicki Palmer

ESOL Teacher

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Kiaora koutou, my role has changed into ESOL Teacher and Release Teacher which are both teaching areas I enjoy. I have worked alongside International and English Learner students for many years. Music education is another one of my passions and areas of expertise that I teach to classes.

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Wayne Lasenby

Handyman

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Wayne is our resident handyman who tackles any and every job that needs doing around the school.