Principal of Middle School West Auckland (both campuses):
Warren Cook: BA, Dip Tchg – Academic Manager of Matai Villa, Mathematics Teacher
Warren trained and taught at several Northland schools before relocating to Auckland to be involved in the ‘Inzone Education Foundation’. Warren’s vision for children and learning is driven by his fundamental belief in maximising the wealth of opportunity that surrounds us and the possibility of personal extension that comes from life-long learning. Warren aims to inspire the youth/tamariki of today by enabling them to uncover their personal strengths, talents and goals.
Jack Ralston House:
Mike Fenwick: MA (Educational Leadership), B'ed, Dip Tchg - Academic Manager of Rimu Villa 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.
James Young: B Phys Ed, BSW, Dip Tchg - Academic Manager of Kauri Villa and Maths/Science teacher
James has been teaching since 2012 mainy at Abundant Life School In Kaitaia where he taught all levels of PE from Yr1 through to year 13. He also taught Social Studies in the year levels of Yr9 and Yr10. His passion is to see young people develop into people that represent their families and community in a positive manner. Previous to teaching James graduated from Otago University with a Bachelor of Social work (community and family studies) and Bachelor of Physical Education (exercise prescription). He and his wife have 6 Children and 3 grandchildren. James has been involved in coaching sport and youth groups.
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.
Angela Withers: BA- DipEd - 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 production.
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).
Wayne Todd: B.Mus, Dip Tchg - Music and Social Studies Teacher:
Wayne began his teaching career in Music and English at Rangitot College and One Tree Hill College. He has a passion for the performing arts and was instrumental in establishing the Excel School of Performing Arts where he taught for 18 years. Wayne was also a key player in gaining course accreditation for the school and in overseeing staff. Wayne is an accomplished musician and plays piano, sings and writes his own songs. Wayne lived and taught in Germany for four years and speaks fluent German
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, Dip Tchg - 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'.
Anna Hemsley: B.Sci, Dip Tchg - Science and Maths Teacher
Anna’s educational background is in Science, Maths and Computer Science. She trained as a primary school teacher before teaching at Rangeview Intermediate and then Waitakere College. She believes all young people have a huge amount of potential and wants every student to achieve success and to find and develop their gifts and strengths. She chose to work at West Auckland Middle School because the small class sizes mean students can make significant progress in their learning and because all students are supported and cared for in a family-like atmosphere.
Hayley Blundell: B.Sci, GradDipTchg(Sec) - Teacher
Hayley is a people person who loves to build relationships with them. She aims to inspire, influence and make a positive difference in her student's lives. Hayley wants to share knowledge, skills and valuable information and methods that will help mould and shape the young minds of our future for the better.
Gillian Appleby: B.Ed, Dip. Teaching majoring in music Post. Graduate Dip. Lit. B. Art. Steiner Cert. Teaching - Art Teacher
Gillian has taught in New Zealand and the United Kingdom where she has gained a wealth of knowledge about teaching in multicultural classrooms and using a variety of approaches to education. She taught as an educator and Programme Developer at Te Papa with an emphasis on art and culture which led to further study towards a degree in art. She has an art practise and sells work through galleries in Hawke’s Bay.
Cassandra Peach - Office Manager
Cass is the welcoming face in our office at Middle School West Auckland, Jack Ralston House. Her previous experience has been in reception/customer services assisting in education and working with children with special requirements. Cassandra brings skills and understanding of daily school events for both parents and students.
Te Mete Lowman: B.Ed. Dip Tchg Academic Manager Pohutukawa Villa and Maths and Te Reo Teacher
Te Mete joins Middle School West Auckland from Westmere School where his role has been planning, facilitation and assessment of all core subjects for senior primary students. This is through an immersion Māori medium with the specific use of language transfer pedagogy to develop the target language within the students. Integration of core literacy tasks through the inquiry based learning approach. Te Mete believes the origin of great educators comes from having the right attitude, and being there for the right reasons. As an adult and now with his own children, he believes that together with this life experience, this knowledge, this way of knowing, being, and doing he will have an impact on the next generation, so that they may stand proud, and so that they may stand as Māori in this ever-changing world of ours.
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.
Felicia Skilton: B.A, Dip Tchg –English and Social Studies Teacher:
Felicia is passionate about her subjects and making a difference to students. It is her desire to help ākonga to develop their
potential by believing in them as capable individuals. . Learning is a lifelong process which takes place in many different forms and on many different levels. One of my greatest hopes as a kaiako is to instill a love of learning in my ākonga as we embark on our journey of learning together.
Zachary Press: B.Sc , -Science Teacher:
Zach is a new teacher at Pōhutukawa Villa bringing a passion for science and the outdoors, with a Bsc in Marine Biology and previous work experience in pearl oyster hatcheries and as a commercial diver in Australia. Zach is currently completing a Masters of Teaching and Education Leadership as part of the Teach First NZ: Ako Mātātupu program. Zach believes that all students are scientists at heart with the potential to achieve greatness in which ever field they choose.
Ashley Craig: BA , MTEL - English Teacher:
Ashley is joining the Pohutukawa villa as an English and social studies teacher. Ashley has recently graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics and Maori studies. Ashley is currently apart of teach first, Ako Matatupu where he is working towards his master’s in teaching and Educational leadership. Sport is a major part of Ashley’s life, he has previously represented New Zealand at the Oceania games in athletics. He has also represented various age grade rugby teams in Otago and Southland. He firmly believes that creating a comfortable learning environment allows students to reach their potential in education.
Clare Keynes - Office Administrator:
Clare has recently come on board with MSWA as the office administrator for the Pohutukawa Villa. Clare has worked in administration and events management over 5 years in Australia and decided to pursue her dreams of becoming a primary school teacher. She is currently half way through her studies and passionate about education and building positive relationships with students.