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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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Abby Skeen

Rūma Rua Tekau mā Rua (Room 22) Teacher Year 2/ Y2 Team Leader

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This year I am excited to be teaching again in the Yr 2 team. I am passionate about creating a positive, fun and challenging environment where I can foster all children’s needs and get to know them as individuals. I like spending time with my family, playing netball and being outdoors.

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Alana McKenzie

Associate Principal

Email Alana McKenzie

Kia ora I am super excited to be joining Kaurilands as Associate Principal. I have been teaching for 18 years, the last 8 at Glen Eden Primary. My passion is teaching Yrs 5-8, sparking curiosity and making learning fun. I enjoy spending time with whānau & friends and watching Rugby and 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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Amanda Chapman

Part time release teacher

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I have had a long association with Kaurilands having started my teaching career here and both my children having attended the school. I enjoy working with students in Rm 12 and relieving across the school. I like to explore new places with my family, walking, gardening and arts and crafts.

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Amelia Le Cheminant

Ahi Kaa Teacher

Email Amelia Le Cheminant

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 with the Senior School and my amazing Y5 students.
I am a mum of 3 and love reading, yoga, delicious food and gardening.

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Anita Maxwell

Administrator

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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

Rūma Tahi A (Room 1(a)) 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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Carron Grayson

Office Assistant / Medical Room

Email Carron Grayson

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.

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Catherine Wiechern

Rūma Whitu (Room 7) Teacher

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I consider myself very lucky to have been given the opportunity to work at Kaurilands. I am a first year teacher working in Rūma Whitu in Year 4. I am excited for the year ahead with my class and the other staff who make this school such a wonderful learning environment.

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Catriona Pianina

Rūma Teka mā ruā (Room 12) Teacher

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Getting to know whānau is important and I work hard to provide a balance in my teaching to cater for every unique learner. My passions are personal wellbeing and all things creative. I love spending time with family, being in nature and hanging out with my two adorable cats Lola and Luigi.

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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

Release Teacher

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Having previously taught overseas I am thoroughly enjoying my return to the wonderful, welcoming, whānau based ‘Kiwi’ environment that Kaurilands offers.

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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 O’Hanlon

Rūma Ono (Room 6) Teacher

Email Frances O’Hanlon

I am excited to be part of the Y3 & Y4 teams teaching in Rūma Ono. Kaurilands is a caring and supportive community that feels like a second family. I believe connections to my tamariki and their whānau is essential. I love creating innovative ways to make learning fun, purposeful and engaging.

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Georgia Martin

Rūma Waru (Room 8) Teacher

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I am a first year teacher lucky to begin my career at Kaurilands. I believe children learn best through collaboration and will strive for participation and engagement with my Rūma Waru students. I enjoy being outdoors with friends and family and I am so excited to join the Kaurilands community.

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Georgia Thompson

Rūma Iwa (Room 9) Teacher

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Kia ora, I’m Georgia! This year I will be a part of the Year 3 team 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 release teacher.

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Kia ora koutou. I am excited to be the ‘Friday’ teacher in Room 15 for a second year. This will be my sixth year of teaching, and I have been teaching part-time and relieving for the past 18 months. Outside of school I like to swim, read, cook, and go walking.

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Grace McDonald

Library Assistant

Email Grace McDonald

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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Grant O'Connor

Rūma Rua B (Room 2b) Teacher

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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

Rūma Tekau mā tahi

Email Hannah Pragert

I am excited to be part of Year 2. 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 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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Even though 2020 has been a crazy time for most of us, I feel really happy to be a new member of the Kaurilands team. I’ll be in the office as well as out and about around the grounds, so have the best of both worlds. Hope to see you all soon.

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Jackie Fletcher

Secretary

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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.

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Jaime Lyon

Rūma Whā (Room 4) Teacher

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Kia Ora. This is my second year teaching at Kaurilands. I am excited to be a part of the Year 5 team and look forward to teaching my time in Rūma Whā with Nick. I believe in building positive connections and embrace what makes each child unique. I love spending time with my 4 gorgeous children.

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Jaimee Leigh Cope

Rūma Tekau mā one (Room 16) Teacher

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Hi I’m Jaimee! I have been teaching at Kaurilands since 2016. I am all about finding out what makes children tick, their unique interests and skills, and using this to tap into and unlock new learning. I like to hang out with my husband and our 2 (dog) children - Bruce and Robin.

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Jo Augustine

Principal

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I have had the privilege of being the Principal of Kaurilands for 11 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

Release Teacher

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Talofa, I'm Jo and I have the privilege of 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.

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Jo Woods

Part Time Release Teacher

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I have been part of the Kaurilands whānau for 7 years and have enjoyed the opportunity to teach over a variety of year levels. In 2021 I am teaching Y1 on Fridays and am very much looking forward to building relationships with the Y1 children. I look forward to another wonderful year at Kaurilands.

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Jocelyn Heremaia

Email Jocelyn Heremaia

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.

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Josh Farrell

Rūma Waru (Room 8) Teacher/Y4 Team Leader

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Kia ora koutou - I'm Josh and this will be my 8th year as part of the Kaurilands whānau. I am the Yr 4 Team Leader and I feel incredibly lucky to be working with such a dynamic group of kaiako (teachers). I am passionate about supporting ākonga (learners) to grow and thrive in their own unique way.

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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) Teacher

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I have been working at Kaurilands for 19 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 Tahi B (Room 1(b)) Teacher / Year 6 Team Leader

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Kia ora e te whānau, I have been a part of the fabulous Kaurilands kura for 6 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 tahi

Email Kimberly Newmarch

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 Pickett

Rūma Rua Tekau mā toru (Room 23) Teacher

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I am so excited to be joining the Yr 2 Team in a collaborative teaching role. I have been teaching for 15 years and love working with the younger tamariki helping them 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 Iwa (Room 9) Teacher / Y3 Team Leader

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I'm Kristin and I am so excited to join Kaurilands. I am leading the Y3 team and teaching in Rūma Iwa with Georgia. 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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Kyle Ayres

Rūma Rua Tekau mā tahi (Room 21) Teacher

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I am excited to be a Year 2 teacher this year. I am passionate about creating a supportive and engaging, but equally challenging classroom that promotes children's personal and academic growth. While teaching is my true passion, I enjoy beachside camping, snowboarding, and BBQing with my mates.

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Kylie Inancsi

Teacher Aide

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My 3 beautiful girls all attended Kaurilands School. They loved it here and still have strong friendships with their friends who also attended. I absolutely love working at Kaurilands with the children and staff. I work 1 on 1 with a number of children in class and also work with ELL children.

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Kylie Parkinson

Part time release teacher

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I will be teaching Fridays in Rm 2 this year and have been part of the Kaurilands whānau for 10 years and love working with such talented and awesome staff. I run drama lessons and workshops, as supporting students' growth and development using a drama approach is my passion and specialist skill.

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Lani Maoate

Release Teacher

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I am thrilled to be back teaching at Kaurilands in Ruma Kowhai alongside Emma Tamura. 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 Hillier

Rūma Rua (Room 2) Teacher

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Kia ora whānau. I have been part of the Kaurilands community as a parent for many years and am thrilled to now be part of the teaching team. I love teaching and can't wait to share my knowledge in Science and Technology with our tamariki.

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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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Lillian Bombay

Rūma Rima (Room 5) Teacher

Email Lillian Bombay

I am part of a wonderful Y4 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 5.

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Lucia Williams

Teacher Aide

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I started helping in my son's class when he was a student here which then led me to complete a Certificate in Teacher Aiding. I have been a member of staff since 2015 and I work with various children throughout multiple year levels.

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Lucy McHardy

Rūma Toru (Room 3) Teacher

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Kia ora, I’m Lucy. This is my seventh year teaching but my second year at Kaurilands School. I have recently moved back to Auckland after a few years travelling and teaching in Te Anau. I am very excited to teach Year 5 in Rūma Toru with Sarah this year.

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Madeline Henty

Rūma Rua Tekau mā rima (Room 25) Teacher

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Kia ora I'm Madeline! I am excited to be teaching Room 25 this year where we will be exploring the world around us. I hope to instil a growth mindset in each of my students and passion to be lifelong learners.

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Melissa Jones

Rūma Tekau mā waru (Room 18) Teacher

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Originally from Australia, I spent 13 years hopping back and forth between Auckland and Sydney teaching Performing Arts. Now I'm a Titirangi local and love calling this stunning part of the world my new home! I adore teaching the Year 1'as and settling them into school life.

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Melissa Williams

Rūma Tekau mā rima (Room 15) Teacher

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This will be my fourth year teaching at Kaurilands. I love teaching 5-year olds, you get to see so much wonder and learning and the infectious energy of our Yr 1 tamariki is awesome. In my spare time I like to paddleboard, read and spend as much time as possible with my own three tamariki.

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Micaela Bonnar

Release Teacher

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I have been a teacher at Kaurilands School since 2014 and treasure being a part of this wonderful community. This year I will be covering Team Leader Release. My spare time is usually spent chasing after my rascally toddler!

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Natalie Dalzell

Teacher Aide

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I value my supporting role at Kaurilands School and it brings me joy helping children grow and learn in the classroom and encouraging them to do the best they can whilst embracing their unique personalities.

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Nick van den Borst

Rūma Whā (Room 4) Teacher / Y5 Team Leader

Email Nick van den Borst

Kia ora, I’m Nick and I am so excited to become part of the Kaurilands whānau. I will be leading the Yr 5 team in Rūma Whā. I love teaching Maths and enjoy incorporating digital technologies into my teaching. I have a two daughters and my passion is skiing.

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Paula Dron

Part time release teacher

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Kia ora, I’m Paula and I am so excited to be in Ahi Kaa on Fridays 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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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

Email Rachel Tims

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 Barrett

Rūma Tekau mā toru (Room 13) Teacher

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This is my 7th year teaching at Kaurilands and I am lucky to be working alongside Lani in Rm 13 and the Y3 team. I am currently training to be a Reading Recovering teacher. I love being part of children's personal and academic growth, enabling them to be successful in all their future endeavours.

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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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Robyn Applegate

Rūma Tekau (Room 10) Teacher

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I am thrilled to be part of the Y3 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 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.

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Sarah Milner

Release Teacher

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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.

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Sarah Muthiah

Rūma Toru (Room 3) Teacher Year 5

Email Sarah Muthiah

Hi I’m Sarah! I am lucky to be working in the Y5 team with Lucy in Rūma Toru this year. I believe that recognising each tamariki’s strengths and celebrating their successes creates a supportive space for us all to grow and thrive in. I enjoy walking my dog, snowboarding and swimming in the ocean.

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Stacey Anyan

Rūma Tekau mā Whā (Room 14) 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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Stephanie Martin

Release Teacher

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I’m so excited to be embarking on my fourth year of teaching in this amazing Kaurilands community. I love nurturing and inspiring children to pursue their passions and curiosities. I love exploring beautiful NZ!

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Steve King

Rūma Rua Teka mā whā (Room 24) Teacher

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Kia ora! I’m Steve and this is my second year at Kaurilands. I feel absolutely privileged to be working with the whānau at Kaurilands and to be teaching Year 2’s. I am passionate about food, science, music, astronomy and technology. In my spare time I play drums in a rock band and love to cook.

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Suzanne Freeman

Rūma Tekau mā iwi (Room 19) Teacher

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I absolutely love teaching at Kaurilands where children are given a fabulous environment in which to be curious and involved. My passion is to provide motivating and engaging opportunities to learn. I love time with my family and friends and to travel.

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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

Release 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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Vicki Palmer

Music Specialist

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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.

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Wayne Lasenby

Handyman

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