Staff Profiles

John Hunte

Principal

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: principal@glenavon.school.nz

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: rmcdonell@glenavon.school.nz

Wendy Kerrison

Awa Tahi Teacher

I am very excited to be co-teaching with Casey 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.

Casey Cunningham

Awa Tahi

Tena Koutou and warm greetings to all our Glenavon Whanau.
My name is Whaea Casey and I will be teaching alongside Mrs Kerrison in Awa Tahi.
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.

Amelia Hall

Awa Tahi Teacher

Hi all, my name is Amelia, although most people call me Milleey and I am new to the the Glenavon whanau this Term. I am lucky enough to be working with Wendy in Awa Tahi and I am really looking forward to getting to know the children and their families. 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 and cook 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!

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’ 

Anon

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

Tēna koutou katoa,

Ko Hikurangi te maunga, Ko Taumarere te awa, Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua te waka, Ko Ngati Hine te hapu, Ko Ngāpuhi te iwi, Ko Otiria te marae, Ko Tūmatauenga te wharenui, Ko porowini te wharetapu, Ko maungarangi te maunga tapu, Ko Bradleigh Cherrington tōku ingoa.

Kia ora and hello, this will be my first year here at Glenavon School! I am looking forward to be teaching in the Glenavon community to help those already working so hard to shape the future of our rangatahi. I am a strong believer in cultural identity as a form of empowerment while celebrating and appreciating the notion of diversity.

Nicky Bloy

Room 8 Teacher

I am excited to be joining the Glenavon team this year in Room 8 with Year 5 and 6. It is clear that Glenavon is a fun and happy place to be! It is such a vibrant school with many exciting and new opportunities for students, so I am looking forward to being a part of inspiring creativity and empowering students to grow and be successful in whatever they are doing. It will be an awesome year of fun, learning, growing and celebrating successes!

Matt Sheaff

Room 9 Teacher

This will be my fourth year at Glenavon School! I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and I am looking forward to an extraordinary 2019!

This year I will be taking the Year 5/6 class. 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 school.

 

Trude Karaka

Room 10 Teacher

Kia Ora e te Whānau o Glenavon.  I visited Glenavon School recently, and quickly realized that this was a teaching and learning community that I want to be involved in.  As a new member of the team, I am excited about sharing my ideas, and 13 years teaching experience in such an innovative, and caring environment.

I am of Māori and Kiwi decent, ko Tainui taku tama.  I enjoy socializing, and listening to people’s stories and ideas.  He aha te mea nui? 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

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!

 

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  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 2019 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. 2019 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!

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.

Tepano Tauia

Caretaker

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

Cleaner

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 Shirley.tuisamoa@fwn.org.nz