Staff Profiles

John Hunte


It is a privilege to work in such an inspiring environment. A place where staff, students and 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. It is my job to make this journey a smooth ride for all and ensure that our students are getting the best we have to offer – both inside and outside of the classroom.

We have a fantastic team of teachers and staff who are committed to our vision of achieving the extraordinary. Welcome to the Glenavon whānau.

Rachel McDonell

Deputy Principal

Every parent wants their child to have a positive experience at Primary School. It should be a place where everlasting memories are made, friendships are formed and foundations are laid. I can assure you Glenavon School is this place. I absolutely adore working in this incredible community, alongside staff who I believe are the most dedicated, hardworking team of individuals out there! Glenavon School is full of talented, beautiful children who have so much potential. As a team, we work hard to create a beautiful, welcoming environment for learning and connecting, a place we are all proud to be apart of. I encourage you to come down and see for yourself. Glenavon truly is nothing short of extraordinary.

Kelly Haysom

Awa Team Leader & Rūma Kākāriki Classroom Teacher

This year I have been appointed the Junior School Team leader and am excited to be back teaching Year 1 and 2. I believe that all students come to the classroom with unique abilities and as a teacher, I want to assist them to be the best they can be. I have a love for Music and Art  and am excited to share this with the students at Glenavon. I believe our students are extremely creative and I hope to build on their personal talents and interests.  In 2020, Rūma Kākāriki will be a place for students to have fun, build their self-confidence and become motivated learners. I look forward to continuing to be a part of a positive and happy community!

Brad Cherrington

Moana Team Leader & Rūma Kauri Classroom Teacher

Kia ora e te whānau,

He uri ahau nō Te Tai Tokerau. Ko Brad Cherrington tōku ingoa. You’ll find me in Rūma Kauri where I am the class teacher and middle school team leader.  I love to have a laugh and take advantage of new learning experiences. I am a strong believer in cultural identity as a form of empowerment while celebrating and appreciating the notion of diversity. The opportunities at our school are endless and we love seeing our tauira stepping out of their comfort zones and taking advantage of all that is to offer. Come join the whānau on this wicked adventure.

Libby Brown

Intermediate Team Leader & Rūma Tui Classroom Teacher

This year I have the privilege of being Intermediate Team Leader as well as the classroom teacher of Rūma  Tui. After teaching in our Middle School over the last three years I am thrilled to be working with our oldest students at Glenavon. I am excited to watch and support each student as they transition into high school as the best versions of themselves. I believe in creating a safe, happy and fun classroom where students thrive each day. Glenavon is my favourite place to be and I feel so fortunate to be spending another year with our incredible community. Bring on the best year yet!

Suereena Sekene

Rūma Hiriwa

Tēna koutou katoa, Fakaalofa lahi atu, I am excited about my journey at Glenavon School and enjoy being a part of such a wonderful community. I believe that if you give the students the right tools to further their education and express themselves in a positive manner, they will indeed succeed in whatever they choose.

In my spare time I enjoy playing sports and sharing a meal with my friends and family.

Wendy Kerrison

Rūma Whero Classroom Teacher

I am super excited to be teaching in Rūma Whero this year with our youngest learners. As a teacher my role is to help our children develop the skills they need to be resilient, confident, creative and ambitious. I believe in the importance of building a strong foundation and I am passionate about creating a learning environment that allows our youngest learners to dream big and achieve their goals. Out of school I love to spend time with my family enjoying our beautiful country.

Amelia Hall

Rūma Kikorangi Classroom Teacher

I am so looking forward to another year at Glenavon School working alongside an amazing team to provide the best education for your child. This year I am the teacher of Rūma Kikorangi. I have a passion for teaching young students and watching them develop both socially and academically. My classroom is a place for students to feel safe, looked after and a room where we motivate others to try their best and encourage all learners to succeed. When I am not teaching I enjoy seeing my friends and family, and love playing a board game!

Amy Manos

Rūma Karaka Classroom Teacher

I am thrilled to be part of an amazing school community that is Achieving the Extraordinary! I have a passion for Early Literacy where children develop the skills they need to become life long learners. Rūma Karaka will have a year of learning through meaningful and creative activities to inspire and encourage individuals.

When I’m not teaching you will find me outdoors exploring or in my garden with my family. I love chatting and hearing your story so come say hi and introduce yourself!

Sophie Watford

Rūma Māwhero Classroom Teacher

Glenavon School is truly an amazing school with such a unique culture and I feel so fortunate to be able to teach here for yet another year.

I am the teacher in Rūma Māwhero this year and will be teaching a bunch of beautiful year 2’s.  I am very excited to work with this year level so that I can help them to achieve things that they can be proud of.  In my classroom I want my students to know that it is ok to make mistakes because this is how we learn best. This year is going to be such a good year filled with lots of fun learning.

In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors, reading, listening to live music and spending time with friends and family.

Jackie Fransham

Rūma Waiporoporo Classroom Teacher

Fakaalofa lahi atu, Malo soifua,  Nǐ hǎo, Kia ora koutou,

This year I have the privilege of teaching in Rūma Waiporoporo. I am looking forward to another brilliant and exciting year at Glenavon School.

Over the years I have enjoyed watching our community grow and mature into a vibrant, caring and supportive environment. A place where our students can dream, create, imagine and wonder.

‘I believe extraordinary people come from a place that nurtures a student’s mind, body and soul.’ 



Trude Karaka

Rūma Rimu Classroom Teacher

Kia Ora e te Whānau ō Glenavon.  Ko Trude tāku ingoa, and my sons name is Tainui.  I am the kaiako in Rūma Rima. I am also a leader in Māori and Pasifika enhancement at Glenavon.  Glenavon staff are an incredibly talented group of dedicated and hardworking people that I am very lucky to work alongside.  The Whānau here are involved and highly supportive of the children and teachers, reinforcing the belief that it takes a village to raise a child.  Glenavon is a teaching and learning community where we share our experience and expertise in a collaborative way that enables our students to have the best opportunities.  I am honoured to be part of such an innovative and caring environment. He aha te mea nui? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.

Nicky Bloy

Rūma Pōhutukawa Classroom Teacher

I love being a part of the Glenavon community and am excited to be in Rūma Pōhutukawa with Year 4 and 5 this year. Glenavon is a diverse, fun and happy place to be. It is such a vibrant school with many exciting and new opportunities for students. I enjoy being a part of developing identity,  inspiring creativity and empowering students to grow and be successful in whatever they are doing. Outside of school, I enjoy spending quality time with my friends and family. My passion for travelling and learning about new, unique cultures has taken me to some truly beautiful countries and places. I love being able to explore the outdoors and take on adventurous challenges. I love coming to work each day and I look forward to continuing my journey here at Glenavon!

Olivia Chrisp

Rūma Nikau Classroom Teacher

Kia ora e te whānau. I’m delighted and privileged to be joining the Glenavon whānau to teach Yr 5 and 6 in Rūma Nikau this year! I hope my classroom is a place where students are genuinely excited to come to school each day. An environment where students feel safe to express themselves and feel that their opinions are valued and acknowledged. I want to create opportunities for all learners to thrive in their education, no matter their specific individual needs and believe that it is my job to help students achieve their personal best, whatever their pathway may look like. Empowering our tamariki to believe in their potential is one of my main priorities.

Emma-Jane Morris

Rūma Tōtara Classroom Teacher

I am super excited about working in Rūma Tōtara throughout 2020 with our incredible Year 5 and 6 tamariki. I love working with the students, whānau and staff of Glenavon. I am constantly challenged to think outside the box in order to provide unique opportunities for our students so that they can live out their potential and be the best that they can be. All students have unique talents, strengths and the ability to achieve whatever they set their mind to. As a teacher, I am honoured that I get to play a small part in helping them to truly believe and experience this about themselves. I am looking forward to conquering new challenges, reaching great heights, trying new things and celebrating new successes together throughout the year.

Carl Maskell

Rūma Kākāpō Classroom Teacher

It is my privilege to be teaching Rūma Kākāpō this year. Equipping our senior students with the skills they need to excel in college and in life. Alongside this I coordinate sports for the school, and have the pleasure of facilitating our students in their athletic endeavours while embodying the school values of backing themselves, others and their school.

Joshua Pritchard

Rūma Pūkeko Classroom Teacher

Kia ora e te whānau,

Ko Joshua Pritchard tōku ingoa. I am very excited and feel very privileged to be joining the Glenavon whānau this year, it is such a vibrant and positive community. You’ll find me in Rūma Pūkeko, where we will be working hard to reflect the values of the school and build a place where all our tamariki can thrive. I love playing music, singing and playing guitar. I am also an unashamed geek and I love watching anything with superheroes in it. This year my goal is to learn and use as much Te Reo Māori as possible and I hope Rūma Pūkeko will be able to take up the challenge as well. Kaua e mate wheke me mate ururoa.

Ngā mihi.

Suzie Espie

Music Teacher

This year im thrilled to be building up the musical presence at Glenavon school. Already there is a plethora of musical talent amongst the staff, and I’m going to be working to bring students and teachers together to make teaching music exciting and fulfilling. We’ll be building an excellent choir, providing opportunities for students to learn new instruments, and supporting our children that love music and want to grow that passion!

Rochelle Lambourn

SENCO & Reading Recovery

Welcome to Glenavon!

This year I am continuing with my role as SENCO working across the school with a variety of students and year levels. I am also excited to be starting Reading Recovery with some of our Awa students.

When I’m not at school you will see me going for runs around the community as well as anything that is active and gets me outside!

I look forward to meeting all of our new families and reconnecting with all our Glenavon community.

Casey Cunningham

Release Teacher

Tena Koutou I te whanau O Glenavon.  Welcome back to Glenavon to 2020!

Whaea Casey is super excited for another extraordinary year at our wonderful school! You will find me operating school- wide this year throughout the classes sharing my knowledge of Te Ao Maori. I am looking forward to putting these expertise to use and teaching our tamariki something new.

Lizzie Bayliss

Small Group Specialist

At Glenavon I am lucky enough to work with our bilingual students, helping them with the English they need to thrive at school in New Zealand. I also work across our Lynfield Kāhui Ako, nine schools in our community sharing good work stories and ensuring that our learners of today become the awesome citizens and leaders we will need tomorrow.


Kristine Mellor

Finance & Property Manager

I have the privilege of working in the Glenavon School office for the last 16 years on Monday to Wednesday looking after our School Finances and Property.  I enjoy being part of a wonderful school team where we see our students grow to be outstanding learners and citizens. When I’m not at Glenavon I enjoy my family life with my husband Keith and our three adult children.

Sherise Williams

Office Administrator

I love the vibe and the children at Glenavon School! Working in the office Monday and Tuesday and then helping out in class as a Teacher aid Wednesday to Friday absolutely love it! In my spare time I love to spend it with my beautiful kids Dior, Mya and Lily who also come here at Glenavon School and Kindy. We are a competitive family that LOVE to play and watch sports, especially Netball and Rugby League. We enjoy a good old BBQ and a beach day too!

Linda McGill

Office Administrator

This is my second year working in the Glenavon School Office from Wednesday to Friday.  I love being part of this team and enjoy supporting the teachers, children and families of this amazing school and community.

I enjoy the sunshine and spending my spare time with my husband and our 2 daughters.

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!

Sue Taylor

Learning Assistant

I have been working at Glenavon School for 28 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.

Tereza Mani

Learning Assistant

This year my role at Glenavon is a teacher aid supporting both the staff and our amazing students. I am looking forward to having an awesome year here at Glenavon School.

Rietta Fepale

Learning Assistant

Talofa lava my name is Rietta, and i am the Samoan Bilingual Teacher Aid at Glenavon. I have 3 children. My daughter and older son who attended this school. Thompson (year 2) who is currently here. I am of Samoan, Tongan descent.  It is a privilege to work at the school where I have lived within the community for almost 10 years. I am very passionate about assisting and seeing our students strive towards greatness. In my free time I like to play volleyball and go for walks.

Babita Tan

Learning Assistant

Kia Ora,

My name is Babita Tan and I am grateful to have the opportunity to work alongside the staff and students at Gleanavon School.

I have lived in New Zealand for the last 18 years and have worked as a teacher aide for the past 6 years. I am really enjoying getting to know all the students and the talents they have.

Elisabeth Fraser

Learning Assistant

Kia ora Glenavon! My name is Elisabeth and I am here to support the tamariki at Glenavon who are lucky enough to speak two languages. It is such a privilege to be bilingual and I look forward to helping these students develop their English while also valuing and growing the taonga of their home language. Alongside my work here, I also work at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre with newly arrived children to Aotearoa. I love the diversity, inclusiveness and community that Glenavon offers.

Jamie Hume

Learning Assistant

I am extremely excited and honoured to be joining the Glenavon whānau once again for 2020 as a Teacher Aide. I was a student teacher at Glenavon school in 2019 and absolutely loved my time in the Junior School and most importantly the incredible and unique culture that Glenavon has.

When I’m not at Glenavon, I am busy training and juggling a busy Netball schedule with the Northern Stars.

Enas Mousa

Learning Assistant

At Glenavon we are sailing the seas of knowledge and spreading knowledge, as well as appreciating others and their differences.
I am the Arabic Bilingual teacher and I have worked with all ages overseas and in New Zealand.
I am proud to be part of this lovely team at Glenavon as they care about you and your families.

Tepano Tauia


My name is Tepano Tauia and I have been the caretaker at Glenavon School for 4 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 Hub 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 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