Staff Profiles

Phil Toomer


I have been Principal of Glenavon School since 2014 and I can’t wait to get to school each day.

I believe that school needs to be buzzing. Glenavon School certainly is!

What makes a school an exceptional school is it’s people. Our team are truly outstanding. They have been hand picked and are the cream of the crop!

I have high expectations of myself, our staff and our students and seeing our students succeed is the biggest reward. Contact me:

Rachel McDonell

Deputy Principal

“Excellence in Education is when we do everything we can to make sure they become everything that they can.” Carol Ann Tomlinson

At Glenavon we endeavour to achieve nothing less than extraordinary. Our team of incredibly passionate people ensure our children receive a solid foundation, before entering the wider world.

I am lucky enough to be a part of this magic as Glenavon’s Deputy Principal. Contact me:

John Hunte

Deputy Principal

It is a privilege to work in such an inspiring environment. A place where the staff, students and community whānau exist in partnership to see Glenavon students succeed.

Glenavon School is an action-packed journey of discovery, learning and fun for all who are involved. My job is to help make this journey a smooth ride for all and ensure that our students are getting a great deal at Glenavon.

In my spare time I endeavour to play football, bash away on my drums and spend time with my wife and daughter. Contact me:


Grant O'Connor

Acting Assistant Principal

He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata. What is the most importantly thing in the world? It’s the people, it’s the people, it’s the people.-Māori proverb

My role is to gear our students towards learning in the 21st Century, giving them tools to navigate themselves through an ever changing environment. Students across our school will be immersed in digital technologies to enhance their learning in the classroom.I believe that Glenavon gives a world class education, and I am honoured to be apart of it!

Sophie Watford

Awa Tahi Teacher

This year I am super excited to be teaching some of our youngest learners at Glenavon School.

As a year 0-1 teacher I strive to give each and every student the best possible start to school. I strongly believe that every child is different and unique and for this reason, I aim to take all areas of a child’s well being into consideration. I trust that each and every individual can and will achieve success here at Glenavon School.

In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors, reading, gardening and spending time with friends and family.

Wendy Kerrison

Awa Tahi Teacher

I am excited for the year ahead where together with Sophie I will be continuing to develop an exciting and innovative learning environment for our youngest students. As a teacher my role is to help our children develop the skills they need to be resilient, to believe in themselves, to think creatively and to dream big.

I am married and have a 9yr old son and 11 yr old daughter and when I am not at school I love spending time with my family and friends.

Becki Patterson

Room 3 Teacher

2018 is going to be an extraordinary year at Glenavon! I am overjoyed to be part of this wonderful community and have the privilege of teaching Year 2 this year!

My goal is to ensure every student believes in their ability to be a successful learner and is highly motivated to progress on their learning journey. I love coming to Glenavon each day to share the joy of learning with children and I strive to provide highly engaging, individualised and meaningful experiences. Learning needs to be creative, vibrant and fun. Pop in and see my magnificent class and their discoveries in Room 3 this year!

Jackie Fransham

Room 4 Teacher

Fakaalofa lahu atu ki a mutolu oti, Malo soifua,  Nin hao, Tena koutou katoa.

‘I believe extraordinary people come from a place that nurtures a student’s mind, body and soul’ Anon
I am starting my seventh year at Glenavon School. My passion for teaching has been the driving force and during this time I have had the pleasure of working amongst the most supportive, brilliant and caring people. Our whanau.

When I am not teaching you will find me trying to catch a fish, cooking or in front of a canvas.

Wendy Polkinghorne

Room 5 Teacher

I am now happily settled into the wonderful community here at Glenavon School. My passion for teaching and the power it has to change lives is the reason I still chose to be a teacher after so many years. I am particularly passionate about literacy and the value of reading books and telling stories to children at school and at home. So of course in my spare time I love to read, talk and tell stories to my husband and two adult sons.

This year I am proud to be teaching again in Awa Team and you will find me in Room 5 with my Year 3 / 4 class.

Libby Brown

Room 6 Teacher

I am ecstatic about being in Room 6 again this year! I am lucky enough to be teaching Year 4 & 5’s for another year and I can’t wait to see what everyone will achieve.

School should be a place where children feel happy, cared for and motivated to extend their knowledge. I am committed to embracing the individuality each child brings to our class and developing positive, encouraging relationships.Room 6 will be a happy and fun environment this year!

Veeninder Kaur

Room 7 Teacher

I have been enjoying the experience of being a part of the wonderful team at Glenavon for the past 9 years. I am looking forward for another exciting year teaching year 4 and 5 students.

Students have a lot of potential and as a teacher my aim is to see them grow and become successful learners with extraordinary skills. In Room 7 we will work together to achieve our personal and academic goals.

Matt Sheaff

Room 8 Teacher

This will be my third year at Glenavon School! I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and I am looking forward to an extraordinary 2018!

This year I will be taking the Year 6’s and the class will be 1:1 for Chromebooks. I am passionate about empowering students to learn and understand the importance of education. I love using digital technology in the classroom and this year we have many new digital initiatives taking place across the schools.


Emma-Jane Morris

Room 9 Teacher

I am super excited about beginning in Room 9 in 2018!

I look forward to meeting and working with the students and families of Glenavon and to help them become the best that they can be. I strongly believe that all students have unique talents, strengths and the ability to achieve in whatever they set their mind to. I can’t wait to continue to develop our students character, achievement and to help them grow through a variety of exciting and varied learning and life experiences.


Kelly Haysom

Room 10 Teacher

I am excited for my new adventure at Glenavon School!

My belief is that it is important that we not only teach students the skills to function in this world, but to make positive contributions.

I believe I cater for students’ personal learning needs, which builds their self-esteem and confidence in the classroom and out so they can experience success, which leads to motivation to become life long learners.

Rochelle Lambourn

Small Group Specialist and SENCO

Welcome back to another amazing year at Glenavon! I’m so excited about my new role where I am going to be working with students across all the levels of the school. I look forward to meeting all the new faces as we kick off another fun filled year in the Glen.

Lizzie Bayliss

Small Group Specialist

I love being part of the Glenavon whanau and working with all the children who come here everyday to learn new skills, try their best and help each other.

From time to time I will be in classes, stepping in for classroom teachers however I can usually be found working with small groups, helping children who are lucky enough to have two languages. I am committed to engaging and inspiring the children I work with.

We can all learn so much from each other and Glenavon is a great place to do just that!


Heather Bourgeois

Reading Recovery

I have been teaching at Glenavon for about 26 years, initially as a Reading Recovery teacher, then a junior school classroom teacher until 2012 when I retrained to do Reading Recovery again.

I enjoy helping children make accelerated progress in Reading and Writing, and it is wonderful to see that most of them go on to continue making excellent progress throughout their schooling.

Kristine Mellor

Administration Manager

I  run the office from Monday to Wednesday and enjoy being orderly and efficient.

I am also on the Lynfield College BOT and enjoy seeing our students progress successfully into secondary school.

I enjoy spending my spare time with my husband Keith and our 3 children! I am also a HUGE fan of the All Blacks and the Auckland Blues!


Sherise Williams

Office Administrator

My name is Sherise, I will be working in the school office Monday and Tuesday, ensuring when you walk into Glenavon you are be greeted with a big bubbly smile and a helpful presence!

In my spare time I love to spend it with my beautiful kids Dior,Mya and Lily. We are  a competitive family that LOVE to play and watch sports, especially Netball and Rugby League. We enjoy a good old BBQ and beach day too!! I am super excited to be part of the Glenavon staff and seeing what 2018 has to bring for the school and the students.

Linda McGill

Office Administrator

This year I am excited to be joining the Glenavon team to work in the school office from Wednesday to Friday. I enjoy helping others and will ensure the office runs as efficiently as possible.
I look forward to getting to know more about the Glenavon Community and forming relationships with the children and families that make it a special place.I enjoy spending my spare time with my husband and our 2 daughters.

Tai Tupou

Sports coach and co-coordinator

Talofa Lava, Malo Le soifua. Manuia Le tausaga fou.

I’m excited for 2018 and the opportunity to work alongside some great people. I’m grateful for what sport has done for my life, the places it’s taken me and the experiences its given me. 2018 I hope will be a year full of connecting our students through sport, taking their potential and laying a platform for them to express what they’re truly made of and to know that they can achieve anything that they can, when given the right tools and foundation to flourish. Looking forward to what’s to come and knowing that the best is yet to come for our community.

Sina Latoa

Learning Assistant

I am proud to be a Niuean and very passionate to be working alongside students of all ages and cultures, here at Glenavon School.

My life is about learning something new each day and embracing as well as appreciating others challenges and differences.

Although I come from a Rugby League family, I also love watching Rugby Union – my favourite player being Richie McCaw!

Jeremy Knox

Learning Assistant

Last year I joined the Glenavon team and I am enjoying assisting students in their learning. I believe in helping our young people, backing themselves in being engaging students and becoming contributing members of their community.

I enjoy all sports including rugby and play music in my spare time.

Sue Taylor

Learning Assistant

I have been working at Glenavon School for 27 years and have loved watching the school progress through the many seasons that I have been here.

I spend most of my time in the school library and enjoy finding fun, engaging and inspiring books for the students to read.

Tepano Tauia


My name is Tepano Tauia and I have been the caretaker at Glenavon School for 3 years now.

I love the school and community atmosphere.  We have a really unique staff team spirit, it’s a great place to work.

I am involved with the Glenavon Community Trust and enjoy working with people to make Glenavon the best place to live.

One more thing – Go the Auckland Blues!

Tapana Tauia


Hi, my name is Tapana and I love working at Glenavon School.

I have been involved with the school and community for a number of years and love the people here.

I love watching a children succeed and particularly love watching them perform at the schools events.

Shirley Tuisamoa

SWIS worker

I am the Social Worker in Schools, employed by Family Works Northern, contracted to work at Glenavon School.

I work with familes to develop plans to improve their safety, wellbeing and educational outcomes.

I am at Glenavon School Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday morning. I can be contacted through the school, on my Mobile 021-493848 or email address