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. My job is to help make this journey a smooth ride for all and ensure that our students are getting the best we have to offer.

In my spare time I love to play and watch football, bash away on my drum set and spend time with my wife and two little kids.

2019 is going to be an extraordinary year at Glenavon School!

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:

Wendy Kerrison

Awa Tahi Teacher

I am very excited to be co-teaching with Milleey in Awa Tahi this year.  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

Awa Tahi Teacher

Kia Ora, my name is Amelia, although most people call me Milleey and I have been teaching alongside the amazing Glenavon whanau for half a year now. I co-teach a group of extraordinary students in Awa Tahi with Wendy and I have thoroughly enjoyed my first 2 Terms here. I have a passion for teaching young students and watching them develop both socially and academically. I love working with this age group and helping them develop both socially and academically. When I am not teaching I enjoy seeing my friends and family, and spend a lot of time on Skype talking to my sister who lives in London! I also love to bake as well as finding a quiet place to read a good book. If you see me around I would love for you to come and say hello

Casey Cunningham

Room 2

Tena Koutou and warm greetings to all our Glenavon Whanau.
My name is Whaea Casey and I am teaching Room 2.
New to Glenavon but no stranger to the community, I am super excited to begin my teaching career at such a great School.
In my spare time I enjoy taking my kids out to see places that are special to me and I also enjoy writing, reading and cooking. Music ultimately  makes my heart sing too.
I feel very privileged to be in a position of ensuring our New Entrant students get the best start possible on their learning journey here at Glenavon School.
I am looking forward to be working alongside an amazing team of Staff and your wonderful kids.

Amy Manos

Room 3 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. Room 3 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

Room 4 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.

This year I will be teaching some of our lovely year 2/3 students in Room 4! I am very excited to work with this year level and 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. Bring on 2019!

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

Jackie Fransham

Room 5 Teacher

Fakaalofa lahi atu, Malo soifua,  Nin hao, Kia ora koutou.

I am looking forward to another amazing year at Glenavon School. I have enjoyed watching our community grow into a beautiful, caring and supportive environment where our students can create, imagine and wonder.

When I am not teaching you will find me up North on the Kaipara or at home enjoying the company of my friends and fanau.

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


Libby Brown

Room 6 Teacher

I am thrilled to be Team Leader of Upper Awa and teaching in Room 6 again this year with a wonderful group of children. I can’t wait to see the extraordinary things we achieve across the school!

Glenavon is a one of a kind, incredibly inspiring place and I love spending each day here. The children, staff, community, learning, playing and every other element of the school day all combine to make a very special place. I am passionate about encouraging our children at Glenavon to be the best they can be and as happy as possible as they travel through our incredible school.

Brad Cherrington

Room 7 Teacher

Kia ora e te whānau,

Ko Bradleigh Cherrington tōku ingoa. He uri ahau no Te Tai Tokerau. You’ll find me in Room 7, with an extraordinary learning crew. We 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 students stepping out of their comfort zones and taking advantage of all that is to offer.

Nicky Bloy

Room 8 Teacher

I am loving being a part of the Glenavon community this year in Room 8 with Year 5 and 6. Glenavon is a 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 inspiring creativity and empowering students to grow and be successful in whatever they are doing.  I am looking forward to continuing the fun, learning, growing and celebrating successes! Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I also love travelling and learning about new, unique cultures and places.

Matt Sheaff

Room 9 Teacher

This is my fourth year at Glenavon School! Everyday I strive to achieve the extraordinary with my class. I teach an incredible group of Year 5/6 students. I am passionate about empowering students to learn and understand the importance of education. I love using digital technology in the classroom and if you check out the Glenavon YouTube page you can see many of our talented students in action. Outside of school, I am passionate about triathlon. In March this year, I completed my first Iron Man at Lake Taupō.


Trude Karaka

Room 10 Teacher

Kia Ora e te Whānau ō Glenavon.  Ko Trude tāku ingoa, and my sons name is Tainui.  I am the Room 10 intermediate teacher and my role also includes leading Māori and Pasifika enhancement.  Glenavon have an incredibly talented group of dedicated and hardworking staff that I work alongside.  The Whānau 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 feel honoured to be part of such an innovative and caring environment.  He aha te mea nui? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.

Emma-Jane Morris

Room 11 Teacher

I am super excited about my second year at Glenavon and teaching in Room 11 this year!

I love working with the students, whanau and staff of Glenavon and inspiring them to become the best that they can be. I strongly believe that all students have unique talents, strengths and the ability to achieve 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 in 2019!

Kelly Haysom

Room 12 Teacher

I am excited to start another year at Glenavon School!

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 passion for music and art and am excited to share my passion for these areas with the students here. In 2019, Room 12 will be a place for students to have fun, build their self-confidence and become motivated learners. I look forward to being a part of a positive and happy classroom this year!

Rochelle Lambourn


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!


Suereena Sekene

Release Teacher

Tēna koutou katoa, Fakaalofa lahi atu, I am excited to begin my journey at Glenavon School and look forward to 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 eating.

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 have worked at Glenavon School for 15 years and I love it!

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

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


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.

Bernice Loots

Learning Assistant

I have the honour of supporting all of the wonderful teachers and students at Glenavon School. I am here to lend a helping hand wherever needed. I am also fortunate enough to have my 2 children attending Glenavon School. This year is all about embracing change for me. Like the quote says “be the change you want to see in the world”.

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.

Oscar Orellana

Learning Assistant

I enjoy my role supporting our teachers and help in creating a positive atmosphere at the school. I look forward to getting to know the community more and watching students achieve the extraordinary.

Jess Leslie

Learning Assistant

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.

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