Principal of Middle School West Auckland (both campuses):
Alex Metzger: BSc (Auckland University); GDip Tchg - Principal, Academic Manager of Matai Villa and Mathematics Teacher at Jack Ralston House:
Alex has over 30 years of experience in the teaching profession with the last 20 years as Deputy Headmaster of Auckland Grammar School. Previously he has worked at Waitakere College and was Head of Mathematics at Avondale College. Alex has represented New Zealand internationally in soccer and futsal. Other areas of special interest include tennis, golf and table tennis. Alex has always been active in the local community. He is currently the President of the New Lynn Tennis Club, Head Coach of the New Zealand Secondary Schools Under 15 Football Team and the Complaints Commissioner for Auckland Tennis. His teaching experience has been in both the NCEA and Cambridge pathways.
Jack Ralston House:
Mike Fenwick: MA (Educational Leadership), B'ed, Dip Tchg - Academic Manager of Rimu Viila and English Teacher:
Mike began his teaching career at Auckland Normal Intermediate School before moving on to St Peter’s College. In the year 2000 Mike left New Zealand to embark on a two year teaching post overseas - which turned into 15 years!.During his time abroad he completed five years at Seoul International School, South Korea, teaching English and working as Head of Department followed by ten years at the Chinese International School, Hong Kong, working as Year 6 Learning Leader. Mike has been involved in sport throughout his overseas tenure, coaching varsity level basketball in Korea and age group national rugby coaching (U18 & U14) in Hong Kong. Mike brings an international perspective on teaching and learning and is keen to contribute as well as learn the nuances of pedagogy in New Zealand.
Bronwyn Evans: BSc (Human Life Science), BSc (Honors), PGCE.- Academic Manager of Kauri Villa and Mathematics and Science Teacher:
Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Bronwyn recently moved to New Zealand after spending five years teaching in Hong Kong where she learnt a great deal about different teaching methods and approaches. Bronwyn is hoping to use her international experience for the benefit of the students and is excited to share her love of learning. In her spare time, when not studying for her Masters in Child and Adolescent Psychology, Bronwyn likes to travel and enjoys sport and outdoor activities, particularly hockey and running.
Tamzin Cook: Community Liaison Manager
Tamzin has a wealth of experience both in administration and in dealing with children and young adults. Her previous roles included Matron at In-Zone Education Foundation where she provided live in pastoral care and support to 60 teenage boys. More recently she has worked as the Office Manager at Mt Hobson Middle School. Tamzin works to coordinate support between the family, school and students.
Suzanne has more than 12 years office experience. In her previous role she was Personal Assistant to the Principal and Secretary to the Board of Trustees. Suzanne enjoys working with students and parents and assisting the school community with enquiries.
Angela Withers: BA - Deakin University (History, Literature and Journalism), DipEd - Monash University (History and English) - Social Studies Teacher:
Angela taught History and English in Australia for four years before moving to the UK for three years where she taught History, Drama and Religious Education. She then returned to Australia for seven years to teach History, Geography, English and Drama. She moved from Melbourne to Auckland in August 2013. As well as her passion for teaching History, she also enjoys directing school musical productions.
Liane Young: BSc (Maths/Chem) Auckland University, GDip Ed (Australia), CTEFLA (England), Certificate in Chinese (China) - Mathematics and Science Teacher:
Liane is an experienced teacher of Mathematics and Science, specialising in Chemistry. She has taught at Chanel College, Solway College, Ruawai College, and Otamatea Christian School. She has also lived and worked in Australia (Blakehurst High School), England (Abingdon College of Further Education) and China (Qingdao University, QMIS International School). She is passionate about helping students develop their learning ability and become inspired for the future.
Josiah believes that all students are capable and of worth and that through a well-rounded and purposeful education all students can become confident, life-long learners. Josiah has taught at Matipo Road School, Sunnybrae Normal School and Sylvia Park School. Josiah has also worked with teenagers at Greenlane Christian Centre for the last 4 years.
Maxine Chan: BCS; Dip Tchg - English and Social Studies Teacher:
Maxine is committed to helping students develop their capacity to strive for excellence while teaching the skills needed for learning as individuals and collaboratively with their peers. In the classroom she provides a supportive and enthusiastic learning atmosphere. Maxine has had experience teaching at Massey High School and Western Springs College. Maxine is a member of Women in Film and television and United Nations Women (Auckland branch).
John Pitts: BSc; Dip Teach, Grad Dip TESSOL – Science Teacher:
John has taught for over 30 years in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom, with past posts at Marist College and St Mary’s, in Auckland. John’s specialist subject is Chemistry, however he has a passion and interest in all Sciences. John enjoys sports and was president of the Rocky Nook Bowls Club as well as a former president of Eden Rugby Old Boys Association. John in married and has two daughters. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf at Maungakiekie Golf Club.
After a successful career as a chef at restaurants and eateries in New Zealand and England, Sean turned his attention to teaching - passing on his skills and knowledge sets to his students. He has taught Food Technology and Hospitality at both Lynfield College and Glenfield College and has a passion for nutrition. Sean Is a keen rugby player who has both coached and managed school teams.
Mike Murray: BSc, PGCE - Academic Manager, Social Studies and Te Reo Teacher
Mike was previously the Principal of Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Pukemiro. During his time in Kaitaia the father of three focused on improving student achievement, teacher effectiveness and well-being through the use of place-based curriculum and the regeneration of Te Reo Māori and tikanga Māori. Mike’s educational philosophy is ‘Kia puāwai ngā tamariki katoa’, which translates as ‘creating opportunities for all our children’
Alex Hawea: BMPD, PGCert. MD, PGCert. SF - School and Community Support Manager:
Alex works alongside and supports Academic Manager Mike Murray in building a place of excellence where students understand and take hold of the opportunities that arise. His role involves coordinating the whanau and the Villa to produce great academic outcomes for children. As a proficient speaker of Te Reo and with qualifications spanning teaching, Maori Development and Sports Science, Alex is key in helping realize the school's vision to develop spiritual and cultural depth.
Monika Toko - Te Reo and Art Teacher:
Monika graduated from the TKKM o Hoani Waititi Marae, the first total immersion Māori school in the world, with awards for leadership, innovation and excellence. Monika has recently graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor's Degree in Primary Teaching through the Huarahi Maori programme.
Long Lu: B Engineering; Dip Tchg - Technology Teacher:
Long is an experienced teacher in Technology, Hard Material and Design and Visual Communication. Long believes all students can reach their full potential in a positive and supportive teaching and learning environment. Long has taught at Papatoetoe High School and Melville High School.
RobynAnne Abd El Rahman: BEd (Major in Education and English, Massey University), TTC (Massey University College of Education), Dip Tch (Massey University) - English Teacher:
RobynAnne has more than 20 years' experience in teaching and learning and is dedicated to assisting her students to achieve the highest individual academic goals through a holistic approach. Although she trained as a primary school teacher, she went on to be a Head of English at secondary level and later a tutor at Massey University College of Education, specialising in 'How Children Learn' and 'Language and Reading'.
Barbara Hawea - Office Administrator:
Barbara spent six years in the RNZAF working within the Communications department before heading overseas to liven the UK. Following her return to New Zealand, Barbara commenced a career as a horticulturalist before moving into the Community Support and Healthcare sectors. Prior to joining the team at MSWA, Barbara worked in administration at another West Auckland School. Barbara, has a deep love of children and enjoys supporting them to reach their full potential - as a mother of three and a grandmother of six, she has plenty of hands on experience in this field!