Staff Profiles

John Hunte


Glenavon School is a great place to be! Our students are wonderful, our staff are committed, passionate people and our whānau support us in our vision of ‘Achieving the Extraordinary’. We believe that school should be an action-packed journey of learning and discovery while having a whole lot of fun along the way. It’s my job to make sure this journey is a smooth ride and ensure that our students are getting the best we have to offer. This is my fourth year as principal of Glenavon School and I am so proud to be part of a team of like-minded people who work hard to make sure our students develop a love for learning that will set them up for a bright and fulfilling future.

Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two kids. I love playing the drums at any chance I get and being involved in as much sport as I can – playing and watching.

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.

James Robertson

Deputy Principal

Kia ora koutou, Talofa lava and Mālō e lelei,

Although all my teaching has been in Tāmaki Makaurau, I grew up in rural schools in Te Waipounamu and am buzzing to be back in a full primary that offers so many wonderful opportunities for our tamariki. I am passionate about student wellbeing, innovative and engaging learning experiences, and supporting every learner to realise their full potential. I believe strongly in having young people prepare for the future by taking part in shaping today! Teaching is the best gig on the planet and I hail from a wide whānau of educators. I have been teaching in local schools for the last ten years but this is my first year at Glenavon. I am incredibly humbled and privileged to be joining such a talented team of teachers serving such an amazing community.

Amy Manos

Awa Team Leader & Rūma Hiriwa Classroom Teacher

I am thrilled to be part of an amazing school community that is Achieving the Extraordinary! This year I will be based in Rūma Hiriwa teaching year 0-1 students. I have a passion for early learning and creating a safe and welcoming environment where I encourage  children to take risks and develop the skills they need to become lifelong learners.

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!

Brad Cherrington

Moana Team Leader & Rūma Tōtara Classroom Teacher

Kia ora e te whānau,

He uri ahau nō Te Tai Tokerau, Ko Brad Cherrington ahau. You’ll find me in Rūma Tōtara alongside the great Miss Karaka this year, taking on an epic bunch of Year 6’s in one of our Modern Learning Environments here at Glenavon! Additionally, I have the pleasure of leading our Moana Syndicate and Sports Curriculum. 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. Nau mai, haere mai!

Libby Brown

Intermediate Team Leader & Rūma Tui Classroom Teacher

It is a privilege to be spending another year as Intermediate Team Leader at Glenavon. Our wonderful whanāu, community, staff and most importantly, tamariki make our school a beautiful place to spend each day. I am passionate about unlocking potential, leadership and drive within our oldest students at Glenavon and ensuring they feel supported, valued and understood along the way. Alongside Miss Chrisp, you’ll find me teaching in Rūma Tui again this year and working with our fabulous Intermediate Team to ensure our Year 7 and 8 students have the best year possible.

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.

Alie McPherson

Rūma Kikorangi Classroom Teacher

I am feeling very lucky and excited to be part of the Glenavon School community for another year. I will be in Rūma Kikorangi again working with our year 1 and 2 tamariki . I am looking forward to being part of the hardworking and dedicated teaching team at Glenavon, and getting to know more of the students and whānau.

Rūma Kikorangi will be a creative and caring classroom that encourages students to join in and be themselves. I love teaching art, getting outdoors, playing games and during the holidays I spend as much time as I can with my teenage kids, going swimming and camping.

Rita Crowe

Rūma Kākāriki Classroom Teacher


I’m so excited to be welcoming your child into their first year of schooling. I have spent 12 years teaching in Early Childhood Education and I just love the energy that 5 year olds bring to a classroom. I’m super passionate about students in my class having positive self-talk and showing kindness to others. We will celebrate and encourage each other to build up confidence, to persevere through difficult challenges and keep going after mistakes are made.

As their kaiako I aim for students to build on their skills to be confident, resilient and proud of who they are in all their uniqueness. My hope is that all children can embrace their culture within the classroom through music, dance, language, stories and art – and have their cultural identity acknowledged and celebrated/shared with others. I couldn’t rate the team and vibe at Glenavon any higher – it is an incredible school. Welcome to the Glenavon whānau.

Suereena Sekene

Rūma Māwhero Classroom Teacher

Tēna koutou katoa, Fakaalofa lahi atu,

I am thrilled for another year at Glenavon School and enjoy being a part of such a wonderful community. I believe, if you give the students the right tools to 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.

Milleey Hall

Rūma Karaka Classroom Teacher

I am super excited to be back working at Glenavon in 2022 as part of the Awa team, teaching in the lovely Rūma Karaka with Year 2-3 children. I am a big believer in the importance of relationships between student and teacher. Creating an environment where all learners feel safe to take risks and make mistakes is a priority for me. I strive to build meaningful connections with all students and allow them to express themselves in different ways. I am really looking forward to teaching the familiar and new faces in Rūma Karaka – and remember the door is always open to pop in and say hello!

Sophie Watford

Rūma Waiporoporo Classroom Teacher

Glenavon School is truly an incredible place and I feel so fortunate to be able to teach here for yet another year. I am the teacher in Rūma Waiporoporo this year and will be teaching a bunch of beautiful year 2’s & 3’s.  I am very excited to work with these year levels so that I can help them to have lots of fun and 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 an awesome year filled with lots of fun learning.  During my spare time I love being outdoors, reading, listening to live music and making new memories with friends and whānau.

Rachel Mackinlay-Haigh

Rūma Rimu Classroom Teacher

I am really pleased to join Glenavon School and looking forward to working at a school that is passionate about learning and the community it serves. I have taught for 15 years as both a classroom and a release teacher. I am excited to return full-time to teaching and I am looking forward to meeting my new class. I will be teaching Yrs 3 & 4, where I have taught for most of my career. I love to spend time with my extended family, enjoy playing bananagrams and attempting to garden.

Charli Luff

Rūma Pōhutukawa Classroom Teacher

Kia Ora, I am very excited to be officially joining the Glenavon team in 2022! I was lucky enough to spend some time here whilst on a practicum for my teaching studies. An amazing experience that gave me an introduction to the epic staff, students and community that makes up the Glenavon whānau. This community bond is a strong part of what I bring to Rūma Pōhutukawa. We will  build strong, caring relationships that allow tamariki to learn and grow as we take on the year and have lots of fun together. I love to play and watch sports and after growing up by the beaches in New Plymouth, Taranaki I still try to get to the beach and outside to take any chance when we get some sun here in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Steff Lepupa

Rūma Nikau Classroom Teacher

Talofa lava,

I am super pumped to spend my 2nd year of teaching at Glenavon School. This year I have the privilege of teaching some beautiful year 4 and year 5 tamariki in Rūma Nikau! I am passionate about creating a safe and fun classroom environment where kids can flourish in all aspects of learning/life. Establishing good relationships with my students and their whānau is a huge priority for me. I believe that students learn best when they feel seen, not just as a student but as an individual. When I’m not at school, you’ll find me at the beach – sunshine or rain. 2022, game on!

Lexy Shannon

Rūma Kauri Classroom Teacher

Kia ora koutou! This year you can find me down in Rūma Kauri teaching our magnificent Year 4&5 tamariki! I am thrilled to be starting another year at Glenavon, and honoured to be a part of a diverse, inclusive and caring community. Here at Glenavon we strive to ‘Achieve the Extraordinary’ and that starts within each classroom. It is my top priority to create a safe and welcoming environment where the tamariki feel encouraged to learn and try new things, push their limits, and take pride in their education. I have a love for sports and anything to do with the outdoors. I am looking forward to sharing my interests with my students and helping them to explore their own passions.

Outside of school, I enjoy playing soccer with my friends, calling my family in Virginia and finding the most epic surf spots with my partner. Let’s ride the wave of 2022 together!

Kaylah Burke

Rūma Kowhai Classroom Teacher

I am stoked to be joining the Glenavon whānau this year as the kaiako in Rūma Kōwhai. I was lucky enough to spend half of 2021 as a student teacher at Glenavon, where I learnt from some incredible teachers and got a taste of what it was like to be part of the Glenavon community. My aim is to make Rūma Kōwhai a place where tauira are confident expressing their ideas, are willing to rise to a challenge and have a laugh along the way!

On the weekends, you’ll find me looking for a mean spot in Tāmaki Makaurau for a walk or a picnic, preferably somewhere close to the beach to remind me of my home, Tauranga Moana.

Trude Karaka

Rūma Tōtara Classroom Teacher and Kaiārahi Ahurea

Tēnā koutou e te Whānau ō Glenavon,

He uri ahau nō Tainui, ko Trude tāku ingoa.  I am thrilled to be part of an Innovative Learning Environment (ILE) this year collaborating with Brad Cherrington, and the students in Rūma Tōtara.

He Kaiārahi (guide) Ahurea (culture) is also a part of my role this year where I will be working alongside our community to embrace, and highlight the cultural diversity within our Kura.

Glenavon is a place of learning where we ALL share our experience and expertise that enables our students to have the best opportunities.  The staff are an incredibly talented group of dedicated and hardworking people.  The Whānau are involved and highly supportive, reinforcing the belief that it takes a village to raise a child. I am honoured to be part of such an innovative and caring environment.

Mauri Ora!

Olivia Chrisp

Rūma Tui Classroom Teacher

Kia ora koutou, Talofa lava and Mālō e lelei,

I’m buzzing to be heading back into Rūma Tui this year, alongside Miss Brown, to be teaching our oldest students at Glenavon. Our Intermediate students bring wisdom, charisma and mana to everything they do and it’s truly my privilege to help guide them through their final two years of primary school. Our collaborative modern learning environment in Rūma Tui is a place where everyone can be accepted for who they are and empowering our tamariki to believe and achieve their potential is one of my main priorities. Glenavon is an incredibly special and unique place, full of extraordinary students and I feel so lucky to be a part of this beautiful community.  Outside of Glenavon, you can find me making the most of this awesome country – I like to pack up the car for a camping trip whenever I can and get out to the water on my paddle board. Let’s go 2022!

Hayley Barry

Rūma Kākāpō Classroom Teacher

Kia ora koutou! I feel so blessed to be at Glenavon for another year working with our Year 7 and 8 students in Rūma Kākāpō. Step into our class and you’ll hear laughter and collaboration, see smiles and determined learners, and feel welcomed and safe. As a teacher I feel so honoured to be a part of my students school journey, and will always do my best to make them know how valued and unique they are. I love spending time with my husband and my family, and this year I’m learning how to sew! Feel free to pop in to Rūma Kākāpō next time you’re at the Glen.

Joshua Pritchard

Rūma Pūkeko Classroom Teacher

Kia ora whānau,
It is shaping up to be an exciting year, and I am full of anticipation about meeting my new Year 7 and 8s, and maybe some of my old ones too. This is my 6th year of teaching, my 3rd year at Glenavon, and I am loving it. In Rūma Pūkeko we will be playing music, sports, digging deep into our tasks, or finding new challenges to tackle every day. I genuinely love learning and I constantly challenge myself to be learning new and exciting skills all the time. This year my goal is to help all my students find that passion as well. My hope is that we will each find something new and exciting to learn and push ourselves to reach new heights.
Ngā mihi.

Rochelle Lambourn

SENCO & Learning Support

Kia ora koutou,

As SENCO I am incredibly lucky to be working with a team of amazing people, supporting our students and whānau as they need it throughout their journey at Glenavon. This is such an incredible community to be a part of and I am constantly blown away by the talent and kindness of everyone here.

Outside of Glenavon you will find me spending time with my son who keeps me very busy and getting out in nature as much as possible.

Kira Hastings

Learning Support

Kia ora everyone. I have been lucky enough to be connected to the wonderful Glenavon whānau for the last four years through my previous role as an RTLB. This year, it is my privilege to be joining the team as a staff member working in Learning Support. Glenavon is a place where students can find that crucial sense of belonging. This is due to everyone’s kindness, care and diligence and I hope to add to this kaupapa in my new role.

When I am not at school you will usually find me by the water, spending time with my friends and family, particularly my two year old twin niece and nephew…so much joy and chaos rolled into two perfect bundles!

Suzie Espie

Music Specialist

I am so excited to be running some creative music and art projects this year with our Glenavon Tamariki! My key focus is to provide all our students with opportunities to explore the many facets of music and art. I can’t wait to unpack all the musical talent and creativity our students have. Music and art are such key forms of expression and communication for so many children. It’s my hope to bring relevant, interesting and fulfilling experiences to all our students.

Alongside music and visual art, I am working with our team to come up with new and  innovative ways to support our amazing school community. I live locally and have two busy little boys, a very lazy cat called Rory and a very noisy bird called Peppermint.

Lisa Prior

Bilingual Specialist

Kia ora koutou Glenavon whānau

It is an honour and a privilege to continue in my role as the Bilingual Specialist for 2022, in our wonderfully caring and happy school. This year I will continue to work with well over 100 tamariki across the school, teaching English/Literacy to migrant families and former refugee learners within our kura. I facilitate learning with small groups and value and encourage the use of languages spoken at home. In 2019 I completed a masters degree in Second Language Acquisition and I adore working with people who have come to NZ, who make Aotearoa a better place through sharing their culture.

As a traveler, I feel grateful to have been able to visit Rarotonga this summer and continue to look forward to post-pandemic travel with my husband and 3 children.

Abby Brunell

Release Teacher

I came to Glenavon in 2021 and I’m really looking forward to getting to know more of the tamariki and their whānau in our bustling, flourishing school! I have been a teacher for over ten years and will be teaching three days a week this year. On my days off work I spend time with my young daughter and son at home and am very involved in my local community youth club and family groups.

My favourite thing about teaching is watching children and families grow in confidence in their own capabilities!

Poipoia te kākano kia puāwai ! Nurture the seed and it will blossom! Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou!

Jamie Hume

Release Teacher

I am absolutely stoked to be a part of such an incredible school community yet again in 2022! Glenavon is one of my favourite places to be and I can’t wait to see what this year holds for all our incredible tamariki. I have a huge passion for sports, health, wellbeing and music and I am looking forward to being able to share all that I can with the community at Glenavon. You will find me helping out in different classes around the school and when I am not at Glenavon, I am training hard as a member of the Northern Stars Netball team and Silver Ferns Squad.

Katarina Jessie

Release Teacher

Kia roan Whanau,


My name is Miss Jessie. I am a primary school teachers with 23 years experience. I am a positive person who has an enthusiastic outlook on life. I love my job and I get a great sense of achievement from seeing my students develop and grow as individuals. If I can have a positive impact on their future, I feel am doing my job well.

I am very happy to be hear at Glenavon spending my time with these awesome tamariki.

Kristine Mellor

Finance & Property Manager

I have the privilege of working in the Glenavon School office for the last 18 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.

Linda McGill

Office Administrator

I have been working at Glenavon School for 5 years now.  You will find me in the office Monday to Friday with a welcoming smile and a willingness to help you with whatever you may need.  I really enjoy being a part of this fantastic team and being able to support all our excellent teachers, children, and families at Glenavon.  When I’m not busying away in the office I like to spend my time at home with my husband, 2 teenage daughters, and our pet cat.

Sarah Harris

Office Administrator

Kia Orana

I am a Mama of four. I have two boys and two girls and they keep me very busy.

As a whānau we enjoy watching and playing (not me) rugby league through the winter and fishing through the summer. We enjoy celebrating our cultures (Cook Island Māori , Niuean and Samoan) and will spend a lot our week ends attending gatherings and celebrations with our Families.

Sherise Williams

Learning Assistant

Kia ora whānau,

Miss Williams here! You will catch me in the classroom this year helping out our beautiful teachers and awesome tamariki at the Glen.

In my free time I’ll be on the sideline of a footy field or netball court, My family is sports mad and we LOVE it.

I LOVE to laugh, cook and being around my loved ones, My favourite thing is being a mum to my 3 beautiful children.

Ngā mihi.

Dianne Imran

Learning Assistant

What a wonderful school I work for.

Glenavon School is a very close knit family with a lot of aroha for our children.

I have been a Teacher Aide for many years working in various local community schools. I thoroughly enjoy my job, working along side our students and teachers. It is very rewarding, and not one day is the same as another.

In my spare time I enjoy reading books, dabbling in a bit of art, catching up with family and friends and exploring our beautiful city & country. I also volunteer for our local hospice shop.

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.

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!

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 Glenavon 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.

Bhagwati Kumar

Learning Assistant

My name is Bhagwati Kumar and I work as a Teacher Aide at Glenavon School. In my role I want to help Glenavon School grow and help the students in any way I can.

Sue Sullivan

Learning Assistant

Hi all,

My name is Sue Sullivan. I have 4 grown ‘kidults’, 3 1/2 grandchildren and I have been raising my 2 beautiful nieces for the last 6 years. My nieces have been coming to Glenavon for the last 2 years and now I am very happy to also be joining the team, helping our awesome teachers in the role of teacher aide. I love the spirit of Glenavon and look forward to working with their amazing students.

Wahab Yousufi

Learning Assistant

Greetings everyone!

My name is Wahab Yousufi. Is guided at Mount Roskill Grammar School/Avondale College and got my BA from AUT. I have been recently working at Glenavon School, with our Intermediate students and I am so happy here. Everyone is helpful and kind. I’m looking forward to teaching and learning more from our teachers and students!

Sue Taylor

Library + Resource

I have been working at Glenavon School for 29 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 6 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

Social 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

Jackie Wilson Bayliss

Community HUB Support Worker

Kia Ora

Ko Jacquelin toku ingoa also known as Whaea Jackie

I’ve been with the Glenavon Community for over one year. This is my second year in my role of being a Community Support Worker, Community Sports & play Manager, & Community Kura Reo Facilitator.

My vision is to support the families in and around the community and make it a greater outcome for 2022 So it’s a privilege to work alongside our awesome kura and amazing Kaiako.

RJ Thompson

Community HUB Coordinator

I am so stoked to be leading this team, it’s a real privilege!

Our motto is ‘doing good stuff together’. My own motto – ‘This is our hood and these are our people.”

Glenavon Community HUB believes that through holistic care, support and the programs we offer connection and community are created. Our team seek the tools for our people to develop and acknowledge their gifts and talents and showcase their strengths, seeing themselves a valuable in their own life story. CONNECTED COMMUNITY, are HEALTHY, STRONG, RESILIENT communities. Come and take that journey with our team. Arohanui

Sky Taka

Community HUB Communications

Hello my name is Sky Taka, I have been in the Glenavon Community for many years now. I started at the Glenavon kindergarten and went right up until my last year of intermediate. If someone asked what’s one thing I’ve learnt from Glenavon over the years I would say “Whanaungatanga”, Relationships, friends, family all as one. Glenavon has always been my second home, and working with Our Community hub means giving back to our Whanau and friends and making everyone feel as one.